Three Face Extradition to US for Cyber Fraud ({{commentsTotal}})

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Harju County Court has ruled in favor of extraditing to US authorities three Estonian citizens accused of hacking, Internet fraud and money laundering.

The three men - Dmitri Jegorov, Timur Gerassimenko and Konstantin Poltev - were part of a group arrested in the FBI-led operation Ghost Click in 2011.

The government greenlighted the court ruling today, and the three will be extradited after a money laundering case on the Estonian side concludes.

Led by Vladimir Tšaštšin, whose extradition has according to already been approved, the seven-strong criminal group was responsible for DNSChanger, malware that infected 4 million computers around the world from 2006 to 2011. Using the malware, the group stole over 20 million US dollars in Internet advertising revenue. Investigators have confiscated 143 properties from the accused.