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Russian Man Pleads Guilty in Minnesota to Computer Fraud

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March 29, 2017 06:15 AM

A Russian man pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Tuesday.

The plea, which came in federal court in Minneapolis, was a result of his role in a criminal enterprise designed to install malware on thousands of computers in order to get millions of dollars.

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The malware was spread to tens of thousands of computer servers across the world, enabling millions of dollars worth of fraudulent payments, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Forty-one-year-old Maxim Senakh was indicted in January of 2015. Finnish authorities arrested Senakh and extradited him to the U.S. for trial. 

As part of the plea agreement, Senakh admitted he worked with co-conspirators to create a botnet that compromised infected servers. They would also use spam emails and click-fraud schemes to redirect and generate internet traffic, resulting in millions of dollars, according to the DOJ. 

The FBI Minneapolis Field Office is overseeing investigation of the case. 

Senakh will be sentenced in August. 

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