Three Men Charged for Allegedly Developing "Gozi" Bank Virus

Computer virus was discovered in 2007, operated until 2012


Authorities today announced charges against three men they say were involved with creating and distributing a banking virus known as Gozi that infected more than a million computers worldwide, stole bank account numbers and passwords, and caused tens of millions of dollars in losses over the better part of a decade.

The malicious code, described as "one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history," was first discovered by American cyber security experts in 2007, but New York prosecutors said today the criminal operation continued until March 2012.