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U.S. Charges Three Over Gozi Computer Virus

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged a Russian national and his associates from Latvia and Romania with creating and distributing a computer virus they described as "one of the most financially destructive in history."

The indictments unsealed on January 23 in a New York court charge Russian Nikita Kuzmin, the alleged creator of the Gozi virus, with six counts of computer intrusion and fraud charges.

He faces up to 97 1/2 years in prison.

Latvian Deniss Calovskis allegedly wrote some of the virus's computer code and Romanian Mihai Ionut Paunescu allegedly ran a hosting service that distributed it.

U.S. prosecutors said Gozi infected more than a million computers around the world, including some operated by NASA and banks.

Stolen banking credentials caused "tens of millions of dollars in losses."

With reporting by Reuters and AP