Docs detail international cybercrime bust in Pittsburgh

December 5th, 2016 12:47 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania business lost more than $387,000 in an international cybercrime operation disabled by federal authorities and the European Union last week.

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Pittsburgh on Monday plan to offer more details from last week's sweep of the Avalanche network. The group is credited with inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses worldwide before it was dismantled and five key suspects were arrested. It's not clear if any of those in custody are from western Pennsylvania because some legal documents remain sealed.

But other documents unsealed Monday show an unnamed business in Carnegie lost $387,500 when someone drained the money from the company's online account.

Another unnamed business in New Castle was twice targeted with unsuccessful efforts to steal more than $120,000 from it.