Russian hacker sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in massive network hacking

Russian hacker

A Russian hacker has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement in the massive hacking of the networks of financial institutions, major media outlets, and other companies in the United States.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Andrey Strauss of the Southern District of New York,   the Russian hacker identified as Andrei Tyurin  also known as Andrei Tiurin was sentenced for committing several felonies including computer intrusion, bank fraud, wire fraud, and illegal online gambling related to the massive network hacking.

Tyurin previously pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He admitted to engaging in extensive computer hacking targeting JP Morgan Chase, E-Trade, Scottrade, the Wall Street Journal, and other U.S. companies from 2012 to 2015. He also admitted committing cyberattacks against numerous U.S. and foreign companies from 2007 to 2015.

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The Russian hacker and his co-conspirators committed the largest thefts of U.S. customer data

This Russian hacker also admitted that he stole the personal information of more than 100 million customers of the victim companies. His hacking of JP Morgan Chase alone resulted in the theft of persona data of over 80 million customers.

Tyurin told authorities that he committed the crimes at the direction of his partner Gary Shalon, who operated and supervised other criminal schemes along with their co-conspirators.

These cybercriminals also committed securities fraud schemes in the United States by artificially inflating the price of certain stocks of publicly-traded companies. They marketed the stocks in a deceptive and misleading manner to customers of the victim companies whose contact information were stolen by Tyurin in the intrusions.

Tyurin used computer infrastructure located across five continents to further his hacking activities. He controlled these infrastructures from his home in Moscow. When U.S. authorities detected his hacking activities, he and Shalom worked together to destroy the evidence of their criminal activities and undermine law enforcement efforts to identify and arrest them.

Tyurin was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Manhattan federal court.

In a statement, Acting U.S. Attorney Straus said, “From his home in Moscow, Andrei Tyurin played a major role in orchestrating and facilitating an international hacking campaign that included one of the largest thefts of U.S. customer data from a single financial institution in history, stealing the personal information of more than 80 million J.P. Morgan Chase customers.”

This Russian hacker and his co-conspirators targeted major U.S. companies and obtained more than $19 million in criminal proceeds. He will now serve 12 years in prison for his crimes, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Strauss.

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