Estonia OKs extradition to US of 3 men charged in cyber-fraud scheme

TALLINN, Estonia – Estonia says it will extradite to the United States three men accused of hijacking millions of computers in a cyber-fraud scheme.

Justice Minister Hanno Pevkur said Thursday that his government has approved the extradition of Timur Gerassimenko, Dmitri Jegorov and Konstantin Poltev.

They are among seven people — six Estonians and one Russian — charged with infecting with malware more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries, including some belonging to NASA and other U.S. government agencies.

U.S. prosecutors say the malware secretly enabled the defendants to generate millions of dollars by re-routing infected computers to certain websites and advertisements.

One of the defendants, Anton Ivanov, was extradited to the U.S. last year. The others are in jail in Estonia.