Judge imposes penalties up to 36 months to criminals behind Torrat malware




The District Court of Rotterdam has one of the suspects behind the Torrat malware imposed a prison sentence of 36 months. The co-defendants received prison terms of between nine and 36 months. The malware was used in 2012 and 2013 and focused on Internet banking managers of Rabobank and ING.

The statement listed a total of six suspects who hid behind nicknames Cheng Chong, Chang Ching, Johnny and Xel. The suspect placed Cheng living in the Czech Republic will be charged himself guilty of money laundering and leading a criminal organization. For this, he gets a prison sentence and he, together with the other defendants to repay an amount of 105 491 euros in damages to the ING. Rabobank will not be reimbursed, because it can not be proven as a second injured party that it has paid its customers. This can still through the civil courts.

In the case the question is first answered or may be concluded that the transfers to the various Parties have been the result of Torrat malware. The court states that there is enough evidence to believe this, basing itself among other configuration files to enable the malware money bumping into certain accounts. The criminals were using the malware is able to carry out transfers, and to manipulate data in sessions of the Internet banking. The malware was by the Dutch criminals themselves written and distributed via spam e-mails to customers of the two banks.

The statement shows that played in identifying the suspects phone data an important role in conjunction with location information, in addition to a number of Tor-mails. As numbers were often among the suspects exchanged via these emails. It is not clear from the judgment on how the mails have come into the hands of the police. In those messages were the suspects, according to the court include agreements on spam campaigns, they shared information about money mules and gave directions to laptops and phones to throw away because of ongoing investigations.



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