Chicago Woman Gets Two and a Half Years for WorldPay Breach

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Sonya Martin has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for her involvement in a 2008 data breach.

"Martin, 45, was the manager of a cell in what federal prosecutors said was one of the most sophisticated and organized computer hacking and ATM cashout schemes ever," writes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Marcus K. Garner.

"The criminal ring of which the woman was part of was named responsible for hacking into the systems of WorldPay US (formerly known as RBS WorldPay) back in 2008," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "From the company, the hackers stole the details of payroll debit cards, and raised the balances and ATM withdrawal limits on 44 accounts. From these accounts, the crooks managed to withdraw over $9 million ... in a time span of less than 12 hours."

"Martin was arrested in March 2011 as she attempted to fly to London from New York," UPI reports. "She also was sentenced to five years supervised release and ordered to make restitution of $89,120.25."

"This case demonstrates the growing expertise and reach of law enforcement in combating international cyber criminals," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners throughout the world to investigate and prosecute those who defraud victims in the United States, wherever the perpetrators may be."