Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, traveled to the U.S. to recruit an employee to his scheme to introduce malware into the unnamed company’s network.

A Russian man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack a U.S. company’s computer network in which he attempted to bribe an employee with bitcoin (BTC, -0.14%) in an thwarted extortion attempt.

  • Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, traveled to the U.S. to recruit an employee to his scheme to introduce malware into the unnamed company’s network.
  • According to an announcement Thursday, Kriuchkov offered to pay the employee in bitcoin for doing so.
  • The defendant made numerous trips between California and Nevada in August 2020 to entice the employee, before the employee reported him to his employer who in turn alerted the FBI.
  • Kriuchkov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer.
  • He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 10.

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