Federal prosecutors are charging two Russian hackers for a series of malware attacks on U.S. banks that earned them three-million-dollars.
The hackers planted disruptive software on victim computers, targeting a bank in Pennsylvania as well as several companies and a school district in the state. They then obtained access to the U.S. computer systems through phishing emails falsely claiming to be from legitimate companies and groups.
The hackers unsuccessfully targeted the Sharon City School district in western Pennsylvania, but they were successful in draining funds from the bank account of Penneco Oil.
One of the hackers is linked to Russia’s Federal Security Service. The men are not in custody as they are in “parts unknown.” The hacking spree is considered one of the biggest ever.