A Russian man has been sentenced to five years in prison in the United States for leading a company that provided hosting services to cyber criminals, the US Department of Justice said.

According to the indictment, the 34-year-old Russian supplied IP addresses, servers and domains that were used by criminals to distribute malicious software.

They then gained access to victims' computer systems, from whom they then stole bank details.

The man also helped the cyber criminals by keeping them out of sight of authorities.

For example, blocked IP addresses were converted so that the criminals could continue their activities.

The man has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the criminal activities.

Three of his employees have also been charged and could face jail terms.

With the help of the hosting provider, cybercriminals were able to deploy notorious malware such as Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel.

That software was deployed between 2009 and 2015 and caused millions of dollars in damage to victims in the United States.