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Russian Man Sentenced to Prison for Using Neverquest Trojan to Steal Money

A Russian national has been sentenced to 4 years in prison in the United States for using a Trojan known as Neverquest to steal money from bank accounts.

Stanislav Vitaliyevich Lisov, 34, was sentenced on Thursday in the Southern District of New York. He has also been sentenced to 3 years of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $50,000 and pay nearly half a million dollars in restitution.

Lisov was arrested in Spain in January 2017 and he was extradited to the United States one year later. He pleaded guilty in February 2019 to charges related to the use of malware to obtain banking credentials and steal money from bank accounts.

Security researchers noticed that attacks involving the Neverquest Trojan ceased around the time of Lisov’s arrest.

The malware was designed to monitor infected computers for attempts to log in to online banking accounts. When victims logged in, the malware would steal their username and password and sent the information back to the attacker. The Trojan allowed hackers to take control of a compromised device, log into the victim’s online banking accounts, transfer money to accounts they controlled, write online checks, and make purchases in online stores.

According to prosecutors, Lisov created and managed a NeverQuest botnet that stole millions of credentials. Investigators identified roughly 1.7 million stolen credentials on his servers, including usernames, passwords, and security questions and answers. These allowed him to access online banking and other types of financial accounts.

Authorities said he had also discussed trafficking the stolen credentials and other personal information obtained by the malware. Charges against Lisov focused on his activities between June 2012 and January 2015.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.