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Ukrainian hacker sentenced to 7 years in prison for stealing US credit card numbers

On Thursday (June 24), a Ukrainian man was sentenced to seven years in prison for joining a hacker group that prosecutors allege was responsible for stealing millions of credit and card numbers US debt.

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According to the US Department of Justice, 33-year-old Andrii Kolpakov, who hacker group FIN7 calls a “pen tester” (simulated attacker targeting computer systems) has been ordered by the Western District Court of Washington. 2.5 million dollars. Mr. Kolpakov was arrested in Spain in June 2018 and extradited to the US in June 2019.

He pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire transfer fraud (using electronic communication forms such as television, internet, telephone, etc. to defraud others and illegally obtain money). ) and one count of conspiracy to hack a computer.

According to prosecutors, Kolpakov was involved in this hacking group from at least April 2016 until his arrest. Through a series of sophisticated malware campaigns, the FIN7 team attacked hundreds of US companies.

The statement stated: “The FIN7 team carefully crafted the emails that made them appear legitimate to the employees of a business, and along with the emails were phone calls intended to legitimize the transactions. this email further. Once the attachment is opened and activated, FIN7 will use an appropriate version of the Carbanak malware, along with another set of tools, to access and steal customers’ payment card data. enterprise goods. Since 2015, many stolen payment card numbers have been offered for sale through online underground markets.”

According to prosecutors, in the United States, the FIN7 group infiltrated businesses in all 50 states and Washington DC, stealing more than 20 million customer payment card records and causing estimated losses. charged $1 billion or more to victims.

Businesses that have publicly reported hacks by this group include restaurant chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili’s, Arby’s, Red Robin, and Jason’s Deli.

Fedir Hladyr, another Ukrainian citizen, was also sentenced to 10 years in prison in April for his role in the group.

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