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Russian gets 12 years in U.S. prison for role in hacking scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Russian citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a pc hacking scheme that compromised greater than 160 million bank card numbers and brought about lots of of thousands and thousands of in damages.

Vladimir Drinkman, 37, was sentenced by earlier than U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle in Camden, New Jersey federal courtroom, in response to U.S. prosecutors.

Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2012 and extradited to the United States in February 2015. He pleaded responsible to fees of conspiring to illegally entry computer systems and conspiring to commit wire fraud in September 2015.

Another Russian man who was arrested together with Drinkman, Dmitriy Smilianets, was sentenced by Simandle on Wednesday to time served. Smilianets, 34, pleaded responsible to conspiring to commit wire fraud in September 2015.

Lawyers for Drinkman and Smilianets couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

Prosecutors mentioned the 2 males have been a part of a hacking scheme way back to 2003 in which they helped set up “sniffers” designed to comb via and steal information from laptop networks of economic firms, fee processors and retailers.

Prosecutors mentioned the defendants then used an array of computer systems to retailer and in the end promote information they collected, fetching $10 to $50 apiece for bank card numbers relying on nation of origin.

The scheme in the end brought about banks and bank card firms to undergo lots of of thousands and thousands in losses, together with greater than $300 million reported by three firms alone, prosecutors mentioned.

Sixteen firms’ networks have been infiltrated, together with these of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, 7-Eleven [SILC.UL], France’s Carrefour SA, JC Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and Heartland Payment Systems Inc, in response to prosecutors.

Drinkman was initially charged as an unnamed defendant in a 2009 indictment accusing Albert Gonzalez of Miami over his involvement in 5 company information breaches. Gonzalez is serving a 20-year federal prison time period.

Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York, enhancing by G Crosse

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