Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Estonian hacker Aleksander Suvorov, who pleaded guilty in May to his involvement in the theft of approximately 80,000 credit cards from the Dave & Busters restaurant chain, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
"Suvorov also pleaded guilty in November 2011 to charges stemming from the sale of more than 160,000 stolen credit card numbers to an undercover agent with the US Secret Service," AFP reports. "He was ordered to pay $675,000 in restitution and to forfeit $300,000. According to court documents, Suvorov, Albert Gonzalez and a third person set up a scheme to install a 'packet sniffer' in the restaurant chain's database that sent credit card numbers to a co-conspirator in Ukraine."
"For their participation in the scheme, Gonzales got 20 years jail time, the Ukrainian accomplice being sentenced to spend 30 years in a prison from Turkey, the country where he was arrested," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Authorities hope that the conviction sends out a clear message to anyone who may be attempting to commit such crimes."
"This case demonstrates the potential for criminals to inflict significant damage to our nation’s financial sector, but this investigation and the resulting sentences should serve as a warning to cyber criminals that law enforcement will continue to pursue them wherever they are," U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan said in a statement. "The Secret Service, in conjunction with its many law enforcement partners across the United States and around the world, continues to successfully combat these crimes by adapting our investigative methodologies. We realize our success in this investigation is due to the cooperation of these partners in more than a dozen international law enforcement agencies."