The GoldbergLaw Firm
Need an experienced lawyer, with a successful record at trial? Call us. 216-592-8719

The Right Lawyer Can Change Your Future

Rated by Super Lawyers Michael J. Goldberg

“Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.�

View Our Practice Areas

Trojan virus infects thousands of computers in Ohio

Phishing scams are email scams that can lead to individuals suffering financial ruin. Malicious email attachments defraud many, and with over 60,000 computers being infected in just one crime ring's circle, it's no surprise that these emails quickly rake in money for the people who participate.

Malicious software collects anything from Social Security numbers to credit card data, all for the purposes of stealing money from unsuspecting individuals. Simply clicking on the wrong button can infect a computer and end up costing someone hundreds or thousands of dollars.

This particular incident reported on March 30 involved the Bayrob Trojan. The Trojan infected between 60,000 and 160,000 computers while sending out 11 million malicious, infected emails. Many of the infected computers belonged to victims in Ohio. Federal authorities have reported that those individuals lost at least $4 million, but Symantec believes that the number could be as high as $35 million in total over the course of eight years.

In over 500 cases, the Trojan virus infected computers in order to obtain sensitive data like passwords and usernames. Then, the individuals could steal credit card information from the victims. In most cases, victims logged into look-a-like websites without realizing it was a scam.

Several people in the Bayrob crime ring, which is based in Romania, have been arrested and charged. Some have been extradited to the United States.

If you're accused of participating in a crime ring like this, your freedom is in jeopardy. These federal crimes are highly punishable. It's easy for people to be set up to appear as if they sent malicious emails when it was really someone else using the system. Regardless of why you're implicated, it's important to defend yourself from the moment you discover you're accused.

Source: Dayton Daily News, "Thousands in Ohio Fall Victim to Phishing Scam," Cornelius Frolik, March 30, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Get Our Experience On Your Side. Call 216-592-8719 today.

Email Us For A Response

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Goldberg Law Firm

OFFICE LOCATION
Lakeside Place
323 Lakeside Ave. West
Suite 450
Cleveland, OH 44113

Toll Free: 800-845-4710
Phone: 216-592-8719
Fax: 216-781-6242
Cleveland Law Office Map