More than 160 million credit card numbers were stolen, losses were in excess of $311 million, and at least 17 large financial institutions, retailers and other entities were hacked

The numbers were staggering by any measure.

More than 160 million credit card numbers were stolen. According to federal prosecutors, the losses were in excess of $311 million. And at least 17 large financial institutions, retailers and other entities that processed credit card transactions were hacked in an audacious and complex operation that operated under the radar for years out of Russia.

On Wednesday, two of those responsible for what has been called the biggest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the U.S. were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle in Camden for their roles in the far-flung enterprise.

Vladimir Drinkman, 37, of Syktyvkar, Russia, who was arrested in the Netherlands in 2012 but fought extradition for more than three years before he was brought to New Jersey to face criminal charges, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit unauthorized access of protected computers and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Dmitriy Smilianets, 34, of Moscow, who has been in federal custody since June 2012, after he was also arrested in Amsterdam while vacationing and did not fight his extradition to New Jersey, was sentenced to the time he has already served. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a manner affecting a financial institution.

“These defendants operated at the highest levels of illegal hacking and trafficking of stolen identities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick in a statement. “They used their sophisticated computer skills to infiltrate computer networks, steal information and sell it for a profit.”

The two were among a major hacking ring that included four …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

      

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