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Russian Hacker Gets Jail for 3-yrs from Manhattan Court

Vladimir Zdorovenin (from Russia) aged 55, who was charged with executing sophisticated cyber attacks, is to serve 3 years in prison following the federal court of Manhattan (USA) announcing the sentence, published softpedia.com dated January 7, 2013. Alongside the prison sentence, it has been ordered that Zdorovenin must also forfeit a maximum of USD 1m as also submit a compensation amount the court will compute in 90 days.

Reportedly, after getting detained at Zurich, Switzerland on some March 2011 date, Zdorovenin was deported to New York for trial during January 2012. There he admitted to charges mentioned above during February 2012.

The United States Department of Justice charged Zdorovenin as well as Kirill Zdorovenin, his son with conniving towards filching the credit card details belonging to many Americans during 2004 to 2005, whilst based inside Russia.

Zdorovenin apparently, was able to perform the crime via installing keyloggers onto his victims' PCs which gave him admission into the data thus enabling him to carry out illicit purchases from different Internet-based companies.

The scammers as well tried to transfer massive sums of dollars out of the victims' credit card A/Cs into their own after opening the fake accounts in Latvia and Russia.

Furthermore, there was another charge against the Zdorovenins which is that they carried out securities fraud through buying and selling numerous shares of many businesses via doing the trade through the United States victims' accounts.

In the meantime, according to United States' Office of Attorney, while Kirill looked after the scam's technical side, Vladimir supervised the theft as also looked after legitimizing the filched money.

Preet Bharara Attorney of Manhattan, lauding the successful investigation into the case by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), said that Vladimir Zdorovenin launched several cyber crimes, which resulted in many victims in USA. Cyber crime was especially sinister as the perpetrators need not be geographically close to their victims, while the punishment meted out to Zdorovenin should act towards reminding others that neither was geographic closeness needed between law enforcement and the criminals under prosecution, Bharara analyzed. Justice.gov published this dated January 4, 2013.

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