International Cyber Crime Suspects to Face Justice in Lincoln's Federal Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two Ukrainian men suspected of involvement in a major cybercrime operation that used computer malware known as "Zeus" to steal millions of dollars are set to make an initial appearance in Lincoln's federal court.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a news release earlier Friday saying 31-year-old Yuriy Konovalenko and 36-year-old Yevhen Kulibaba are in U.S. custody and are among nine people charged by a federal grand jury in August 2012 with racketeering activity, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, identity theft and other counts. The indictments were unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.

The Justice Department says Konovalenko and Kulibaba were recently extradited from the United Kingdom. Court records show the men will have an initial hearing Friday afternoon in Lincoln.

Officials say victims included a Nebraska bank.

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