Russsian citizen Alexander Vinnik is going on trial in Paris for defrauding nearly 200 victims of €135M ($158M) using ransomware. Vinnik is accused of sending phishing emails disguised as invoices, which deployed ransomware on the victims' computers when opened.
- Vinnik allegedly carried out his ransomware campaign between 2016 and 2018 and targeted local authorities, businesses, and individuals.
- Greek authorities arrested Vinnik in 2017 and extradited him to France earlier this year.
- Vinnik's lawyers accused the Greek government of abusing his human rights while he was in detention.
- Vinnik could also be extradited to the U.S. where he is accused of participating in the $4B hack of Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange.