Justice Department has charged a Latvian woman who helped develop Trickbot malware


The US Department of Justice has charged a Latvian woman for her role in the alleged development of the Trickbot malware, which was responsible for infecting millions of computers targeting schools, hospitals, public utilities and governments, the agency said. in a press release.

The DOJ alleges that Alla Witte was part of a criminal organization known as the Trickbot Group that operated in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Suriname. She allegedly helped develop the malware used to enable ransomware demands and payments. Victims would receive a message that their computers had been encrypted, the DOJ said, and were instructed to purchase special software through a bitcoin address associated with the Trickbot Group to have their files decrypted.

According to the DOJ, the Trickbot malware is designed to capture online banking credentials to access other personal information, including credit card numbers, emails, passwords, social security numbers and addresses. The group allegedly used stolen personal information “to access online bank accounts, conduct unauthorized electronic transfers and launder the money through accounts of U.S. and foreign beneficiaries,” the DOJ said.

Federal law enforcement agencies warned hospitals and healthcare providers about a credible ransomware threat from attackers using Trickbot last October to ransomware such as Ryuk and Conti . to bet.

White was arrested in Miami on February 6. She faces 19 charges including conspiracy to commit computer fraud and aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire transfers and bank fraud involving a financial institution, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit money laundering.