A Russian hacker called Vladimir Drinkman has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a data breach scheme that stole 160 million credit card details from US companies and resulted in losses estimated at $300m. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that the scheme was the largest of its kind, and is reported to have targeted institutions such as Dow Jones, Carrefour and Nasdaq. Drinkman was one of five hackers involved the scam that used SQL injection attacks to infiltrate networks and place malware to create a backdoor for the hackers to maintain access to the systems. Once inside they were able to gather huge amounts of data on customers and clients of the companies involved, and sold this information on forums in exchange for around $10 per US credit card and associated data and $50 per European credit card and associated data. Each member of the gang had different skills required for the crime. Drinkman carried out the network penetration to gain access to the corporate victims’ systems and mine the networks to steal the data. He was allegedly helped in this work by Alexandr Kalinin and Roman Kotov, both from Russia. Another defendant, Mikhail Rytikov, 28, of Odessa, […]
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