A Nigerian network engineer who works for Microsoft charged for helping launder money obtained from victims of the Reveton ransomware.
Raymond Uadiale, 41, a naturalized US citizen originally from Nigeria, who currently works for Microsoft Corporation in Seattle since 2014, faces federal charges.
Florida federal investigators say that between October 2012 and March 2013, Uadiale worked with a UK man going online by aka K!NG. The K!NG would distribute and infect victims with the Reveton ransomware, while Uadiale would collect payments and send the funds to K!NG, in the United Kingdom.
The Reveton ransomware is the first screen locking ransomware strains, and it appeared when Bitcoins was still in its infancy, and before it became the cryptocurrencies of option in all ransomware schemes.
Instead, Reveton operators asked victims to buy GreenDot MoneyPak, take the code on the card and enter it in the Reveton ransomware screen locker.
According to court documents, K!NG would deposit victim’s GreenDot MoneyPak payments into prepaid debit cards Uadiale acquired under the fake name of Mike Roland.
Later Uadiale would convert this money into the Liberty Reserve digital currency and send the proceeds to his British partner, keeping 30% of the stolen money, part of his cut. According to court documents Uadiale transferred more than $130,000 to his partner in the UK.
While feds didn’t say how they tracked down Nigerian network engineer, detectives from 18 countries seized and shut down Liberty Reserve servers in 2013, and law enforcement is still sifting through the seized data, which they said contained details on nearly $6 billion of money laundering operations worldwide.
If Nigerian network engineer found guilty on all charges, he risks a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $500,000 and 3 years of supervised release.