PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say a man from the eastern European country of Moldova ran an email phishing scheme that enabled him and others to steal banking information from U.S. companies, including $3.5 million from a Pennsylvania drilling firm's bank accounts.
Thirty-year-old Andrey Ghinkul was indicted under seal in August; the charges were announced late Tuesday.
The FBI says U.S. victims of the Bugat malware that infected computers of those who opened the phishing emails lost about $10 million.
Penneco Oil Company Inc., in Delmont, had $3.5 million stolen in two transfers in 2012: one to Russia and the other to Belarus. Another attempted transfer of about $76,000 to a Philadelphia bank account failed.
Penneco says the bank covered company losses; the bank is trying to recoup the money.
This story has been corrected to show the drilling company's bank, not the drilling company, is the victim of the alleged scheme; the bank covered the drilling company's losses.