Russian Linked To Theft of 160m Credit Cards Appears in US Court

 

Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Moscow, Russia, was arraigned in District Court in New Jersey on Tuesday. He is linked to a string of attacks that stole credit card information on more than 100 million people.
Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Moscow, Russia, was arraigned in District Court in New Jersey on Tuesday. He is linked to a string of attacks that stole credit card information on more than 100 million people.

In-brief: Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Moscow, Russia, was arraigned in District Court in New Jersey on Tuesday. He is linked to a string of attacks that stole credit card information on more than 100 million people, according to a statement by the Department of Justice. 

Grant Gross over at IDG News Service reports that a Russian man accused of carrying out cyberattacks on Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Heartland Payment Systems and 7-Eleven has been extradited to the U.S. and appeared in court in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday.

Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Syktyykar and Moscow, Russia, was charged for his alleged role in a data theft conspiracy that targeted major corporate networks and stole more than 160 million credit card numbers, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.

Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2012 and had been detained there. During his court appearance on Tuesday, he entered a plea of not guilty to 11 counts he faces.

His trial is scheduled to begin in April, the Justice Department said.

Drinkman has long been on the radar of U.S. law enforcement. According to an unsealed criminal complaint dating from 2013, Drinkman was linked to credit card information stolen from Wells Fargo and Citibank. That data was traded on the “carder” web site known as Dumpsmarket. Drinkman was observed trading stolen credentials from the site’s owner and operator, identified as S.P.

The DOJ alleges that Drinkman and four co-defendants allegedly carried out attacks on a Who’s Who of U.S. ane European corporations, including NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Carrefour, JCP, Hannaford, Heartland, Wet Seal, Commidea, Dexia, JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, Global Payment and others.

Drinkman and Alexandr Kalinin, 28, of St. Petersburg, Russia, were specialists in penetrating network security and gaining access to the corporate victims’ systems, the Department of Justice claims. Read more via Russian extradited to US for hacks that stole 160 million credit card numbers | ITworld.

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