The Latvian government says it will extradite a 28-year-old man accused of creating the Web injects for the highly destructive Gozi malware, which targeted over a million computers globally, specifically aimed at bank accounts. US prosecutors say the malware was used to steal millions of dollars from its targets.
According to the Associated Press, Latvian ministers voted Tuesday (7 to 5, with one abstention), to extradite Deniss Calovskis to the United States. Calovskis has previously denied involvement in the Gozi operation.
“I am like a hostage in this situation,” he said in an August 3 interview with Latvian television, according to Bloomberg. “I don’t know about the Gozi virus. I haven’t helped any schemers to get money and I haven’t received any.”