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U.S. Jails Russian Creator Of Malware Used To Drain Bank Accounts

A U.S. court has sentenced a Russian man accused of creating a computer virus that infected more than 1.4 million computers in order to steal bank account data to 9 ½ years in prison.

Aleksandr Panin, also known as "Gribodemon" and "Harderman," was sentenced on April 20 in federal court in Atlanta, Georgia.

Panin had pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud.

U.S. prosecutors say Panin was the main developer and distributor of malware called SpyEye that affected more than 10,000 bank accounts at 253 financial institutions.

Court papers say Panin had operated from Russia since 2009, selling the software online for up to $8,500.

He was arrested in July 2013 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters