Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Russian hacker gets 12-year US prison sentence

Russian hacker gets 12-year US prison sentence

District Court of Camden, New Jersey, sentenced Russian citizens Vladimir Drinkman and Dmitry Smilyanets to 12 and 4 years of imprisonment for cybercrimes, Bloomberg reported.

Both were arrested in the Netherlands on June 28, 2012, and were subsequently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges brought against them, Efe news reported. In September 2015, he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to illegally access computers and commit wire fraud. Some of the other remaining members of the gang are also facing charges in other U.S. states, while three are still absconding.

Prosecutors said the two men took part in a hacking scheme as early as 2003 in which they helped install "sniffers" created to steal data from the computer networks of financial companies, payment processors, and retailers.

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Smilianets charged $10 for American credit-card numbers, $15 for Canadian numbers and $50 for European numbers, while offering discounts to bulk and repeat customers, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Drinkman and three others stole user names and passwords, personal identification information, and credit- and debit-card numbers from 2005 to 2012. Sixteen companies' networks were infiltrated, including those of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, 7-Eleven, France's Carrefour SA, JC Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and Heartland Payment Systems Inc, according to prosecutors. Smilyanets was released in the courtroom, as he had already served his sentence in remand prison during the investigation and trial.

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