A federal jury found one of the digital criminals responsible for operating the notorious “Scan4You” counter antivirus (CAV) appointment.On 16 May, the Department of Justice released a press release announcing a Virginia federal jury’s view of Ruslans Bondars, 37, on one count of conspiracy to commit wire con man, one count of conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and one count of intrusion into a computer scheme with the intent to cause damage. This conviction followed one year after Latvian authorizations arrested Bondars along with Russian citizen Jurijs Martisevs and extradited them both to the Communal States for trial.Together, Bondars and Martisevs operated Scan4You. It’s a kidney of CAV service that allows computer criminals to check their newest malware against antivirus software. Bad actors could so use Scan4You to redesign their malware so that they can evade detection.
A screenshot of Explore in depth4You.net (Source: KrebsonSecurity)Scan4You said it didn’t share any of the information fed to it by miscreants with antivirus software providers like Trend Micro. But that wasn’t the victim. As Trend Micro explained in a blog post:While Scan4You sorted sure feedback loops to Trend Micro’s servers about portfolio scans were turned off, Scan4You also performed reputation thwarts of URLs, IP addresses, and domains. The way Scan4You set this up meant that all repute scans against Trend Micro’s web reputation service were distinct to us for years. Since 2012, we have collected a wealth of information on Survey4You’s operations, and in particular, information on the many reputation scans that they performed each day.Fad Micro subsequently published a report detailing all the information it learned from Skim4You, which appeared to cease operations following the arrests of Bondars and Martisevs.35-year-old Moscow denizen Martisevs pleaded guilty back in March in a Virginia federal courtroom, pieced The Daily Beast.The Justice Department wrote in its release that Bondars’s time will take place on 21 September.