Russian Hotties Collared In $3M Bank Hack Scam

Several comely young Russian woman were snagged by the feds in New York yesterday for allegedly working as money mules for hackers who stole over $3 mil from American bank accounts using trojan viruses.

The women came over here on student visas and allegedly opened up hundreds of bank accounts to launder funds that their counterparts in Russia snatched using the “Zeus” trojan. This virus gained access to computers after people clicked on seemingly innocuous links and attachments in emails. Once activated, it let its controllers monitor computer activity, including when victims typed in their banking login and passwords.

This is why it’s important to be wary of clicking on links in emails and to take precautions before downloading email attachments. Don’t download files from unexpected unknown persons and virus-scan anything you do download. And Russia! Please stop sending hot chicks over here to destabilize our country. It’s very distracting.

Russians in NY aided ‘$3M bank hack’ [NYPOST]


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  1. rpm773 says:

    Russian Money Mule Hotties Collared

    That sounds like the title of a VHS cassette that you really want to make sure no one knows you own.

  2. Darrone says:

    I welcome a return to the days when sexy russian spies were a legitimate news story.

  3. MikeB says:

    This is why it’s important to be wary of clicking on links in emails from people you don’t know

    Actually, this should read, “This is why it’s important to be wary of clicking on links in ALL emails even from people you know.”

    What happens if the person you know very well gets infected and it sends out an email to everyone in your friends address list?

    Like the article says, Scan everything you download. But more importantly, keep your virus scanner up to date. If it is one you have to pay a subscription too and you want to cut costs, there are plenty of free ones out there. I use Avast’s free version, but I have also heard good things about Microsoft Security Essentials.

    • cosmic.charlie says:

      I have also heard things about the [redacted] program by [redacted] software company.

    • apd09 says:

      I tell people to take a second before they click on a lick and place your mouse over it BUT DO NOT CLICK. The look in the lower left hand section of their screen and read the destination, if the link in the email says but in the lower left hand area it read you should not click on the link.

      Also, know your friends. If you get an email from a person saying “hey check out this link to a chef and his recipes” but you know your friend does not cook then do not click the link.

      Common sense and few seconds go a long way to preventing a virus in your computer.

      • psm321 says:

        Good advice, but you need to watch out because it’s not fully foolproof. You can make something look the same but actually be different by using obscure unicode character, similar-looking letters, etc. Of course most scammers don’t go to the trouble of doing that, but some might

  4. RipCanO'Flarp. says:

    Alina would definitely be the distraction…. Julia more of the mule.

    • AllanG54 says:

      Alina was the only one pictured. The other gal is a Fed. You can see part of the badge hanging off her belt.

  5. savvy9999 says:

    Since I have a passing knowledge of Russian, that cover is hilarious. The phonetic translation of that book would be: “Frfm RussiL Szhith Love”. глупые американцы!

  6. GrayMatter says:

    I am confused (typical I know). What connection is there between

    “women came over here on student visas and allegedly opened up hundreds of bank accounts ”

    have with

    “The “Zeus” trojan “

    • golfinggiraffe says:

      After the bank information gets stolen, they need to transfer the money somewhere, yes? So the students opened up bank accounts locally, from which they could withdraw cash. Obviously thy wouldn’t want to transfer stolen money to their own, real accounts.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      Hackers used the Zeus trojan to steal money, and they laundered it through these accounts.

    • GrayMatter says:

      I am also confused when it comes to writing a valid sentence. Sorry about that, but I think the meaning comes through.

    • TasteyCat says:

      I’m confused why they had to be hotties.

  7. Froggmann says:

    Pics of said hotties or it didn’t happen.

  8. RogueWarrior65 says:

    Did you actually use the word “comely” and “trojan” in the same sentence? Jeez.