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Swedish creator of the fake anti-virus program was sentenced to two years in prison for participating in a number of cyber crimes, because of which fraud victims lost about $71 million. Crime was that developers offer users to buy fake antivirus software, thereby affecting computers. It is reported by Help Net Security.


37-year-old Swedish citizen Patrick Solnertu Mikael (Mikael Patrick Sallnert) was sentenced by judge of the District Court U.S. in the Western District of Washington, Marsha J. Pechman. In addition to imprisonment, Solnert was sentenced to pay a compensation of 65 thousand dollars.

Solnerta arrested on Jan. 19 of this year in Denmark, and in March, he was extradited to the United States. Fraudster pleaded guilty on August 14, 2012 on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud using electronic means of communication, and deny access to the computer.

The prosecution is part Solnerta Tribunal Trident (coordinated action agencies to combat cyber crime.) Investigators followed the crime, in which about a million people in total lost $71 million due to the acquisition of fake security software for computers.

After downloading the fake antivirus users were notified that the computer is infected by Trojans, and offer to buy the fake antivirus software to solve a nonexistent problem. Price of the product is $129.

Victims of this fraud are 960,000 people, which has led to a loss of funds totaling to $ 71 million.

In a statement Solnerta plea, he said he agreed to the establishment and operation of the scheme for using a credit card to pay for verification, his associates deliberately sent fake messages that force victims to purchase the security program. According to court documents, for the period August 2008 – October 2009 payment were carried out from about 5 million credit cards.