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A Russian programmer has been sentenced to eight years behind bars in America for his part in a massive cybercriminal network that hacked into and drained victims' bank accounts. Aleksandr Brovko, 36, was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2019 and extradited to America following a lengthy probe into Russian hacking rings. He …

  1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

    Maze ransomware gang says it has quit the cybercrime business

    Maze ransomware gang says it has quit the cybercrime business

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Maze ransomware gang says it has quit the cybercrime business

      Why would anyone believe that? And what does this have to do with the Russian guy?


    2. DS999

      There are three possibilities here

      1) they really are quitting, but that won't make much difference since there are plenty of others and new ones coming up all the time

      2) the leader(s) decided to disband, but some of the members will simply join other gangs or start up their own so it won't make much difference

      3) a rival gang put out that announcement as part of a turf dispute, or hoping some of Maze's members will join their gang, or as a troll, so it won't make any difference

  2. Reader2435

    > The official announcement of his sentence claimed Brovko was part of a “$100m botnet conspiracy,” though that figure is a little suspect: it was based on details of 200,000 devices and PCs stored on Brovko’s computer gear multiplied by $500, the minimum dollar value required by law for a charge of unauthorized device access.

    A *little* suspect!!?? What!!??

    Do these lawyers have no shame and no desire to even pretend they are involved in fair system of justice? Brovko was part of a $100 million conspiracy because that's the number we made up. We have to make up that figure to be able to charge him with the offences we want to charge him with. I thought Steven Avery / Wisconsin (a case of truly shocking corruption starting in Wisconsin but ultimately involving the entire US legal system) was an anomaly but perhaps America had entirely moved away from any interest in truth within its justice system.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The law is not about the truth

    The law is not about the truth. The law is about which side has the most believable story.

    1. hoola Silver badge

      Re: The law is not about the truth

      And the smartest/most expensive/more corrupt lawyers......

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge
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    "couldn’t find another job that paid as well"

    I'm quite ready to believe that working in crime pays pretty well.

    That's not a reason for me to start being a criminal.

    There are a number of other options, he should have tried some of them.

  5. Stevie Silver badge


    "Brovko claims he was ashamed of the work though couldn’t find another job that paid as well."

    Got news for you Brovko.

    That's how everyone feels about their job. Even the legal ones.

    Rot behind bars, Super Crime Guy.

  6. Bitsminer Bronze badge

    Intended loss

    resulting in over $100 million in intended loss.

    That's not a result, that's wishful thinking.

    So much is wrong with that statement.

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