[BreachExchange] Russian Gets 12 Years in U.S. Prison for Role in Hacking Scheme
audrey at riskbasedsecurity.com
Wed Feb 14 20:20:34 EST 2018
A Russian citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for his
role in a computer hacking scheme that compromised more than 160 million
credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
Vladimir Drinkman, 37, was sentenced by before U.S. District Judge Jerome
Simandle in Camden, New Jersey federal court, according to U.S. prosecutors.
Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2012 and extradited to the
United States in February 2015. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring
to illegally access computers and conspiring to commit wire fraud in
Another Russian man who was arrested along with Drinkman, Dmitriy
Smilianets, was sentenced by Simandle on Wednesday to time served.
Smilianets, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in
Lawyers for Drinkman and Smilianets could not immediately be reached for
Prosecutors said the two men were part of a hacking scheme as far back as
2003 in which they helped install "sniffers" designed to comb through and
steal data from computer networks of financial companies, payment
processors and retailers.
Prosecutors said the defendants then used an array of computers to store
and ultimately sell data they collected, fetching $10 to $50 apiece for
credit card numbers depending on country of origin.
The scheme ultimately caused banks and credit card companies to suffer
hundreds of millions in losses, including more than $300 million reported
by three companies alone, prosecutors said.
Sixteen companies' networks were infiltrated, including those of Nasdaq OMX
Group Inc, 7-Eleven [SILC.UL], France’s Carrefour SA, JC Penney Co, JetBlue
Airways Corp and Heartland Payment Systems Inc, according to prosecutors.
Drinkman was originally charged as an unnamed defendant in a 2009
indictment accusing Albert Gonzalez of Miami over his involvement in five
corporate data breaches. Gonzalez is serving a 20-year federal prison term.
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