Latvian man extradited to U.S. in alleged hacking scheme

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — A Latvian man has made an initial appearance in U.S. federal court for his alleged involvement in a hacking scheme that caused internet users to lose millions of dollars.

Twenty-eight-year-old Peteris Sahurovs was indicted in 2011 in a “scareware” scheme that targeted the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s website.

The indictment said Sahurovs and an accomplice created a phony advertising agency and bought ads on, then infected computer users who visited the site with malware. The affected computer users were tricked into buying purported antivirus software.

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The scheme generated more than $2 million.

Sahurovs was arrested in Latvia in June 2011, but fled after a Latvian court released him. He was arrested in Poland last fall and extradited to the U.S.

The federal defender’s office will represent him.