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Ringleader of RBS WorldPay Heist Faces Charges in US 52

Posted by kdawson
from the many-mules-make-light-work dept.
Late in 2008, the most sophisticated and well-coordinated international e-crime yet pulled off netted $9 million for its perpetrators. We discussed the RBS WorldPay heist when news about it emerged, and the indictments some months later. Now one of the accused ringleaders has been extradited from Estonia to face charges in the US. "...in the span of 12 hours around Nov. 8 [2008], the group hit 2,100 ATM terminals in 280 cities spanning the world, from the United States to Russia to Italy to Japan. ... Despite the technical and international challenges of the case, US investigators believe they were able to trace the scheme back to its origin. On Friday they brought one of the accused ringleaders from Estonia to Atlanta to face arraignment on several fraud charges — a rare appearance in US courts for an accused international hacker. Sergei Tsurikov, 26, of Tallinn, Estonia, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment to conspiracy to commit computer fraud, computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. ... The increasing scope of foreign attacks comes as college students around the world are focusing heavily on technology degrees only to emerge into a difficult job market with low pay, officials said."
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Ringleader of RBS WorldPay Heist Faces Charges in US

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  • USA World police (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 07, 2010 @08:42PM (#33177106)

    Aint it cool how we can go grab someone from another country and force him to stand trial using our laws and rules.

    Oh wait.. no... it's that other thing.... pretty stupid.

    How long until some guy gets dragged into muslim land to stand trial for something their laws say. Well maybe not muslim land. we hate those guys... but what about someplace like china..
    They have the pull to get the other countrys to dance to their tune.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 07, 2010 @08:49PM (#33177146)

    Aint it cool how we can go grab someone from another country and force him to stand trial using our laws and rules.

    I hope they come get you for stupidity.

  • by cosm (1072588) <thecosm3@nospaM.gmail.com> on Saturday August 07, 2010 @08:51PM (#33177160)

    If he's found guilty, of course. Guys like these must be made examples off, so that it will deter future crimes like these.

    I'm glad he's facing good old American justice. We are the best and the most aggressive in putting evildoers and troublemakers in prison, so justice should be well served.

    I am sorry, I know you are a red-blooded American and all, but holy shit that is the most nationalist hunk of crap I have seen on here in awhile. Consensual crime? If the judge/jury see it as being *bad* enough, off to the rape cage. Are those people troublemakers or evildoers? That could be argued, moreover, argued against. Prisonplanet is more like it.

    On second thought, we are definitely the best and most aggressive at putting socially unacceptable people in prison, and justice is rarely served. FTFY.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 07, 2010 @08:53PM (#33177176)

    Uh.. the guy allegedly committed crimes and hit ATMs in the United States. That is breaking US laws, so they do have jurisdiction and standing.

    Why shouldn't he have to answer the US government for that?

    Yeah I thought so.

  • by hldn (1085833) on Saturday August 07, 2010 @08:55PM (#33177190) Homepage

    do you know how extradition works? we didn't "go grab him." we ask another government if they'd kindly send someone over here as we have an issue to discuss with the person.

    perhaps he should have moved to a country that doesn't have an extradition treaty with the united states. (estonia has since 1935.)

  • by jhoegl (638955) on Saturday August 07, 2010 @08:56PM (#33177192)
    This is America sir, where white collar crimes are deemed a max of 3 months in a luxurious prison. However, if you steal all the money at once, its blue collar and considered a threat to national security. Thus the outrage of the OP.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 07, 2010 @10:00PM (#33177470)

    Late in 2008, the most sophisticated and well-coordinated international e-crime yet pulled off netted $9 million for its perpetrators.

    I thought the banking bailout was for billions?

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