Mikael Patrick Sallnert
Mikael Patrick Sallnert, a 37-year-old citizen of Sweden, was arrested in Denmark on January 19, 2012, on charges that he masterminded an international cybercrime ring that netted $71 million USD by infecting victims’ computers with “scareware” and selling rogue antivirus software that was supposed to secure victims’ computers but was, in fact, useless.
The scareware worked like any normal anti-virus software and thus, scans the software being installed and shows results that a number of malicious software has been installed into the computer with the software, scaring the computer owner, at which time the scareware asks for up to $129 USD to get the software fixed. In actual terms, there was nothing in the computer.
Sallnert was extradited to the United States on March 17, 2012. He pleaded guilty on August 17, 2012, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of accessing a protected computer in furtherance of fraud; he was ordered to pay a fine of $8.55 million USD and sentenced to 88 months in Federal prison. (1)
Mikael Patrick Sallnert BOP Register Number 42178-086 was successfully treaty transferred back to Sweden on March 11, 2014. (2)