December 1, 2023

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“Losses over a billion dollars” | Ukrainian pirate sentenced to 10 years in prison

"Losses over a billion dollars" |  Ukrainian pirate sentenced to 10 years in prison

(San Francisco) A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the United States on Friday after the U.S. Justice Department said he had “over $ 1 billion in damages” in a massive credit card number theft operation.

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Federicladdar, 35, was one of the leaders of the so – called FIN7, which infiltrated the computer systems of 3,600 hotels, restaurants and casinos in 47 US states and other countries (Kingdom United, Australia and France) in 2015 and 2018.

He was arrested in Germany in 2018 and deported to Seattle on the west coast. During this time, hackers stole the payment card numbers of 15 million customers, used data they sold for their own gain, or sold back into the dark net, the hidden part of which was not represented by Internet engines. Research.

The defendants and his accomplices compromised millions of financial accounts and caused more than $ 1 billion in damage to Americans and costs to the U.S. economy.

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“Protecting small and large businesses online is a top priority for the Department of Justice,” he said, recalling the agency’s commitment to finding cybercriminals “wherever they live.” “It doesn’t matter if they think they are anonymous,” he added.

Two other key FIN7 players, Dimitrov Fedorov and Andrei Kolpakov, were also arrested in Europe in 2018. There are 26 counts against them, including criminal charges, fraud, hacking, fraudulent access to computer equipment and serious identity theft.

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FIN7 is a Russian and Israeli-based computer security company that employs combi security as a cover, employing other hackers.

“These ‘cyber thieves’ have set up a sophisticated network of hackers and systems to infiltrate businesses and steal users’ personal information,” explained FBI agent Donald Voiret.

To access corporate computer systems, the group sends carefully targeted emails to an employee to appear legitimate and often follows a message with a phone call, to persuade the employee to open the document given to them. Added.

After opening the attached document, the employee’s computer was infected with malicious software that gave the hacker access to all of his company data, including his customers’ credit card numbers.

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