Nigerian Microsoft engineer faces cyber theft charge in Florida

A Nigerian-born Microsoft network engineer, Raymond Uadiale,  is facing FBI charges in Florida for helping launder cash obtained from victims of the Reventon Ransomware.

Uadiale, 41, worked for Vole in Seattle since 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.

Florida investigators say that between October 2012 and march 2013, Uadiale worked with a UK citizen going online by the handle “K!ng”.

K!ng is accused of distributing and infecting victims with the Reveton Ransomware, while Uadiale would collect payments and send the cash to k!ng, in the UK.

After a computer was infected with Reveton Ransomware, the screen would lock and a fake message purportedly from the FBI or other law enforcement agency would claim the user had violated federal law; viewing and/or distributing porn was often cited as the law which was violated.

If found guilty on all charges, Uadiale risks a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Uadiale has been set free on a $100,000 bond.

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