European phishing suspect set for Pittsburgh fed court date

An eastern European man has been extradited and will face a federal judge in Pittsburgh on charges he ran an international email phishing scheme that enabled him and others to steal banking information from U.S. companies. (Mobile users: Scroll down for full story.)

Thirty-year-old Andrey Ghinkul is from Moldova.

He was arrested in August while on vacation in Cyprus and was extradited to Pennsylvania last week.

He’ll appear before a federal magistrate Friday afternoon and be returned to the Allegheny County jail in Pittsburgh. Federal prosecutors plan to ask that he remain jailed until trial.
U.S. victims of the malware Ghinkul’s ring allegedly used to infect computers lost about $10 million. The charges were filed in Pittsburgh partly because the greatest threats involved a bank and a school district in western Pennsylvania.
Ghinkul doesn’t have an attorney.



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