Russian sentenced in U.S. to five years prison for 'Citadel' malware

By Nate Raymond

(Reuters) – A Russian man who U.S. prosecutors say played a role in developing the sophisticated malware known as “Citadel” used to steal personal financial information from thousands of computers worldwide was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison.

Mark Vartanyan, known online as “Kolypto,” was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen in Atlanta after pleading guilty in March to computer fraud, federal prosecutors said.

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