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How a Citadel Trojan Developer Got Busted

A U.S. District Court judge in Atlanta last week handed a five year prison sentence to Mark Vartanyan, a Russian hacker who helped develop and sell the once infamous and widespread Citadel banking trojan. This fact has been reported by countless media outlets, but far less well known is the fascinating backstory about how Vartanyan got caught. For several ye
Publish At:2017-07-25 21:20 | Read:1323 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other Aquabox Citadel Citadel Trojan fbi Kolypto Mark Vartan

A Russian man involved in the development and maintenance of Citadel was sentenced to five years in prison

The Russian hacker Mark Vartanyan was sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the development and maintenance of the Citadel botnets. It’s a terrific moment for cyber criminals, law enforcement worldwide continues their fight against illegal activities online and the recent shut down of AlphaBay and Hansa black markets demonstrate it.
Publish At:2017-07-23 05:40 | Read:1315 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware banking trojan Citadel Cyb

Author of Citadel malware, used to steal $500 million from bank accounts, pleads guilty

The Russian author of the notorious Citadel malware which infected over 11 million PCs and stole an astonishing $500 million from bank accounts has pleaded guilty to his crimes.29-year-old Mark Vartanyan, who went by the online handle of “Kolypto”, was arrested in the Norwegian town of Fredrikstad in 2015 at the request of the FBI. His extraditio
Publish At:2017-03-23 16:10 | Read:994 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles IT Security and Data Protection Citadel ma

This Week in Security: Experian and T-Mobile Breach, Linux Botnet, Android Stagefright 2.0

Our security roundup series covers the week’s trending topics in the world of InfoSec. In this quick-read compilation, we’ll let you know of the latest news and controversies that the industry has been talking about recently.Here’s what you don’t want to miss from the week of September 28, 2015:A massive data breach at Experian – one of largest credit report
Publish At:2015-10-05 07:20 | Read:1699 | Comments:0 | Tags:This Week in Security banking malware breach Citadel DDoS Ex

Arrests Tied to Citadel, Dridex Malware

Authorities in Europe have arrested alleged key players behind the development and deployment of sophisticated banking malware, including Citadel and Dridex. The arrests involved a Russian national and a Moldovan man, both of whom were traveling or residing outside of their native countries and are now facing extradition to the United States. Last week, a 30
Publish At:2015-09-27 11:50 | Read:1167 | Comments:0 | Tags:Ne'er-Do-Well News Aquabox Business Club Citadel cyberheists

Alleged Gozi Co-Author Pleads Guilty As Alleged Citadel, Dridex Attackers Arrested

The author behind one strain of banking malware, Gozi, has plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing while two other men, who allegedly had a hand in developing the banking malware Citadel and Dridex, were recently apprehended.Latvian Deniss Calovskis, 30, acknowledged in a federal court in New York on Friday that he wrote some of the code behind Gozi, a Troja
Publish At:2015-09-08 19:45 | Read:1637 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware citadel Dridex Gozi Hackers krebs malware

AlienSpy RAT exploited to deliver the popular Citadel Trojan

Security experts at Fidelis firm discovered that variants of the AlienSpy remote access trojan (RAT) are currently being used in global phishing campaigns. Cyber criminals have exploited the AlienSpy RAT to deliver the popular Citadel banking Trojan and maintain the persistence inside the targeted architecture with a backdoor 
Publish At:2015-04-10 10:35 | Read:3518 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware AlienSpy backdoor Citadel

Citadel Variant Targets Password Managers

The Citadel Trojan has once again branched out beyond its roots as banking malware and is now targeting the master passwords guarding major password management products.Researchers from IBM Trusteer today said they’ve notified makers of the nexus Personal Security Client, Password Safe and KeePass about a new configuration file found on an infected com
Publish At:2014-11-20 04:15 | Read:1508 | Comments:0 | Tags:Critical Infrastructure Malware Web Security apt citadel con

Cybercriminals Use Citadel to Compromise Password Management and Authentication Solutions

New Configuration of Citadel Trojan Discovered by IBM Trusteer Researchers In these days of endless breaches, securing user access by enforcing unique, complex passwords and strong authentication is imperative. The onslaught of data breaches in the past year alone, with the majority of the breaches involving compromised credentials, forced users to constantl
Publish At:2014-11-20 03:50 | Read:2713 | Comments:0 | Tags:Banking & Financial Services Energy and Utility Malware Adva

Citadel Variant Used in Attacks Against Middle Eastern Petrochemical Companies

Cybercrime tools continue to crossover into the realm of nation-state targeted attacks, with the latest example being a variant of the Citadel banking Trojan used in attacks against petrochemical companies in the Middle East.The attacks took place within the past few months, said researchers at IBM Trusteer who spotted repurposed versions of Citadel on the c
Publish At:2014-09-17 05:40 | Read:1858 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware apt banking trojan citadel Citadel banking Trojan Da

Dyre Banking Trojan Used in APT-Style Attacks Against Enterprises

The global cloud computing company Salesforce.com is warning its customers that the Dyre Trojan might be used to target their login credentials. The Dyre banking Trojan, which typically targets customers of large financial institutions, was recently used in a large-scale, credential-phishing campaign targeting Bank of America, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotla
Publish At:2014-09-16 08:10 | Read:2073 | Comments:0 | Tags:Banking & Financial Services Fraud Protection Malware Advanc

The Market for Online Credentials

In July of this year, six individuals in Russia and the United States were charged with taking part in an international hacking ring that stole more than $1 million. However, this time the attackers didn’t filch credit cards or banking information. According to reports, Vadim Polyakov, a Russian national, allegedly hacked over 1,600 accounts on a
Publish At:2014-08-19 06:50 | Read:2639 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Symantec Security Insights Blog botnets citadel hac

Citadel’s New Trick: Persistent Device Remote Control

Using malware to control a malware-infected device is nothing new. In fact, in our article about malware trends in 2014, Trusteer, an IBM Company, Chief Technology Officer Amit Klein specifically points out that malware will again use old-school techniques to overcome security solutions. One of these tools is the ability to remotely take over a device and us
Publish At:2014-08-10 12:03 | Read:1528 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware Advanced Threats attackers attacks Citadel Remote De

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