Article: Russian Hacker Jailed in U.S. for $19M Fraud

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Russian Hacker Jailed in U.S. for $19M Fraud

The Moscow Times, 08 January 2021

A Russian hacker was sentenced to 12 years in a U.S. prison Thursday for consumer data theft worth $19 million from 100 million customers of over a dozen financial service companies, the Justice Department said.

Andrei Tyurin, 37, pleaded guilty in 2019 after his extradition from the country of Georgia the previous year, admitting to computer intrusion, wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal online gambling offenses. The U.S. accused him of making criminal profits from financial sector hacks between 2007 and mid-2015.

“From his home in Moscow, Andrei Tyurin played a major role in orchestrating and facilitating an international hacking campaign,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.

Tyurin’s targets included JPMorgan Chase, where he targeted more than 80 million customers, as well as E*Trade Financial Corp, Scottrade Inc and publisher of the Wall Street Journal News Corp’s Dow Jones.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said his involvement in a “sprawling financial criminal enterprise” harvested the personal information of 138 million people, according to Reuters.

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