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Estonian pleads guilty in US court to Internet advertising scam

Published on Feb 2, 2013 10:05 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - An Estonian man pleaded guilty on Friday in United States federal court for his role in a massive Internet scam that targeted well-known websites such as iTunes, Netflix and The Wall Street Journal.

The scheme infected at least four million computers in more than 100 countries, including 500,000 in the US, with malicious software, or malware, according to the indictment.

It included a large number of computers at data centres located in New York, federal prosecutors said.

Valeri Aleksejev, 32, was the first of six Estonians and one Russian indicted in 2011 to enter a plea.

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