Estonian gets prison in cyberscam that infected 4M computers

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NEW YORK (AP) — An Estonian businessman has been sentenced in New York to over seven years in prison for his role in a cyberscam that infected 4 million computers in over 100 countries.

Vladimir Tsastsin was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard Kaplan in Manhattan. The 35-year-old Tsastsin has already served nearly five years of the sentence.

Kaplan called the scam that infected over a half million computers in the United States alone an "extraordinarily outrageous" scheme.

Computers infected in the U.S. included some belonging to government agencies, including NASA. Other infected computers were at educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and commercial businesses. Individuals were also affected.

Computers were infected with software that disabled anti-virus protections and steered users to other websites.

Before sentencing, Tsastsin apologized for "stupidity and poor judgment."