Hacker Wanted in the U.S. for Spreading Gozi Virus Arrested in Colombia

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Gozi Virus Hacker Arrested in Colombia

Colombian authorities on Wednesday said they have arrested a Romanian hacker who is wanted in the U.S. for distributing a virus that infected more than a million computers from 2007 to 2012.

Mihai Ionut Paunescu (aka “Virus”), the individual in question, was detained at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá, the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia said.

Paunescu was previously charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) in January 2013 for operating a bulletproof hosting service that “enabled cyber criminals to distribute the Gozi Virus, the Zeus Trojan and other notorious malware, and conduct other sophisticated cyber crimes.” He was arrested in Romania in December 2012 but managed to avoid extradition to the U.S.

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