Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6], a Ukrainian cybercriminal known as “Tank,” pleaded guilty to leading two malware schemes, JabberZeus and IcedID [1] [2] [3] [4] [5], from 2009 to 2021 [5].


These schemes infected thousands of computers worldwide, causing millions of dollars in losses for targeted companies [6], including the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2020 [2]. Penchukov was arrested in Switzerland in 2022 and faces up to 20 years in prison for each count [1]. The US Department of Justice has labelled him as a “leader of two prolific malware groups,” with ongoing investigations by the FBI and multiple prosecutors involved in the case.


Penchukov’s actions have had significant financial and operational impacts on organizations, highlighting the importance of cybersecurity measures. The prosecution of cybercriminals like Penchukov serves as a deterrent to future criminal activities and underscores the need for continued vigilance in combating cyber threats.


[1] https://www.businessupturn.com/technology/cyber-security/ukrainian-hacker-faces-justice-for-leading-notorious-malware-schemes/
[2] https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/ukrainian-decades-prison-malware/
[3] https://securityaffairs.com/159260/cyber-crime/penchukov-zeus-icedid-malware-campaigns.html
[4] https://bwsecurityworld.businessworld.in/news/ukrainian-cybercriminal-pleads-guilty-in-zeus-icedid-malware-schemes/
[5] https://www.scmagazine.com/news/fbi-most-wanted-cybergang-boss-pleads-guilty
[6] https://omaha.com/news/state-regional/crime-courts/prolific-ukrainian-cybercriminal-pleads-guilty-to-malware-schemes-in-nebraska-federal-court/article_8ca5bbe2-ccf9-11ee-9039-9b8769c5786a.html