A Lithuanian court on Monday found three people guilty of stealing 246,000 euros from Norwegian companies by infecting their computers with malware.
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The Panevėžys regional court sentenced the organizer of the crime, identified by his initials D. S., to six years in prison. Combined with an earlier prison term, the man will spend seven years and a month behind bars.

Another person, identified as D. B., was given a final prison sentence of five years and a half. The third person, A. B., was handed a suspended three-year prison sentence.

Another person, G. R., was freed from criminal liability because he helped to uncover criminal acts committed by other members of the organized crime group.

According to the court, D. S. in early 2013, when he was serving a prison sentence, put together an organized group that illegally transferred money from accounts of customers of Norway-based banks into a bank account of a Norwegian company owned by G. R.

A total of 1.885 million Norwegian kroner, or 246,300 euros, were transferred from three Norwegian companies after infecting their computers with the Torpig virus.

G. R. transferred the stolen money from his account to people unaware of the criminal activity. These persons withdrew the money from their accounts and gave it back. The group's members then divided the cash among them.

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