Ukrainian man accused of infecting millions of computers with malware

An Ukrainian man accused of infecting millions of computers with the "Raccoon Infostealer" malware has been charged with computer and bank fraud in the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Mark Sokolovsky 26-year-old is being held in the Netherlands, and the United States wants his deportation to its territory, the ministry announced in a statement.

According to the American justice, "Raccoon Infostealer" was rented to cybercriminals for 200 dollars per month, which had to be paid in cryptomoney.

The malware was then installed on the victims' computers to collect personal data such as logins, passwords, and financial information.

According to the department, the U.S. Federal Police (FBI) and Italian and Dutch partners dismantled the structure behind "Raccoon Infostealer" in March 2022, and arrested Mark Sokolovsky at that time.

The FBI has identified more than 50 million username, email addresses and credit card numbers within the stolen data.

Mark Sokolovsky is charged with computer fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and identity theft. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the bank scam and money laundering charges.