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£3m 'Trojan' software fraudster sentenced

A defendant from a gang which siphoned nearly £3m from bank accounts belonging to the public has been jailed.

A total of 13 people have now been convicted over the sophisticated online fraud.

So-called "Trojan" software was used to infect the computers of bank account holders and steal money.

Karina Kostromina, 34, of Chingford, was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer money and jailed for two years

The malicious software programme captured confidential information, such as user names, passwords and account numbers.

Funds taken from private accounts were then transferred to a large number of receiving accounts controlled by the group.

Between September 2009 and March 2010 at least £2.8m was taken.

They attempted to remove at least £4.3m, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Det Insp Colin Wetherill, added: "These defendants were part of an organised network of computer criminals operating a state-of-the art international online banking fraud.

"The investigation involved unprecedented levels of cooperation between the Metropolitan Police, the UK banks, the FBI and other agencies.

"We are working hard to put fear into the minds of those contemplating these conspiracies."

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