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Zeus, IcedID malware kingpin faces 40 years in slammer

February 16, 2024

A Ukrainian cybercrime kingpin who ran some of the most pervasive malware operations faces 40 years in prison after spending nearly a decade on the FBI’s Cyber Most Wanted List.

Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov, 37, pleaded guilty this week in the US to two charges related to his leadership role in both the Zeus and IcedID malware operations that netted millions of dollars in the process.

Penchukov’s plea will be seen as the latest big win for US law enforcement in its continued fight against cybercrime and those that enable it.

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