(San Francisco) A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the United States on Friday for “losing more than a billion dollars” in a major credit card theft operation, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Feder Hladir, 35, was among the leaders of a group known as FIN7, which hacked into 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 handed over to Seattle on the West Coast. At this point, the hackers stole the payment card numbers of 15 million customers, resold data they used for their own profit, or the hidden part of the Internet, not specified by Internet machines. Research.
The accused and his accomplices compromised millions of financial accounts and caused more than $ 1 billion in losses to the Americans and costs to the US economy.
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“Securing small and large businesses online is a top priority for the judiciary,” he added, recalling the company’s commitment to finding cybercriminals “wherever they live.” “It doesn’t matter if they think they are anonymous,” he said.
The other two main FIN7 players, Dimitrov Fedorov and Andrei Kolpakov, were also arrested in Europe in 2018. They were charged with 26 counts, including criminal conspiracy, fraud, hacking, computer device fraud and gross identity theft.
FIN7 used Combi Security, a Russian and Israeli-based computer security company, to recruit other hackers.
“These ‘cyber thieves’ are planning a sophisticated network of hackers and organizations to infiltrate businesses and exploit consumers’ personal information,” explained FBI agent Donald Voiret.
To access corporate computer systems, the team sends carefully targeted emails that appear to be legitimate to an employee, and persuades the employee to follow the message frequently with a phone call and open the document provided to the employee. Connected.
Once the attached document is opened, the hacker can access all the data of his company, including the credit card numbers of his clients, which are infected by malicious software on the employee’s computer.