29 Jan 2014

Russian Hacker Pleads Guilty for Development and Distribution of SpyEye Malware

Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, the Russian creator of the SpyEye malware, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, according to the US Department of Justice.

The SpyEye malware allegedly infected more than 1.4 million computers worldwide. Panin, also known as “Gribodemon” or “Harderman,” is said to be the primary developer and distributor of the malicious software.

The SpyEye malware was designed to steal personal and financial information, such as credit card credentials, online banking credentials, usernames, passwords and PIN numbers. The infected computers were accessed through a command and control server that used various techniques such as keystroke loggers, credit card grabbers and web injects to steal information.

Panin was arrested on July, 1, 2013 and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 29, 2014.