Hacker Behind Scan4You Service Jailed For 14 years

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A Latvian hacker behind the counter antivirus online service “Scan4You” has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Ruslans Bondars, who had been living in Riga, Latvia, was sentenced on May 16 in government court in Alexandria, when another witness involved in crime uncovered he had worked with Russian intelligence and law enforcement.

Bondars made and maintained Scan4you—a online multi-tool for antivirus evasion, that enabled hackers to check their malicious codes with well known antivirus softwares in order to know whether their malware would be detected during security scanning before using them in real world for malicious purposes.

Bondars was one of the two hacker found to have been running Scan4you from 2009 to 2016 and helping other malware creators to test and enhance the malware they then “used to cause a huge number of dollars in misfortunes on American organizations and customers.”

Bondars’ accomplice Jurijs Martisevs, who was additionally captured whilst on a visit to Latvia and extradited to the US, was found guilty to similar charges back in March this year.

“Ruslans Bondars helped malware developers attack American businesses,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “The Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners make no distinction between service providers like Scan4You and the hackers they assist: we will hold them accountable for all of the significant harm they cause and work tirelessly to bring them to justice, wherever they may be located.”

Bondars was convicted of three counts: “conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and computer intrusion with intent to cause damage”, then he was sentenced to 168 months in prison.

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