(follow-up) Latvians to be deported for role in Davidson Companies extortion plot

Some breaches continue to tie up resources for years. The Davidson Companies breach, first revealed in January 2008, seems to be one of them. Even though the lawsuit against the firm was settled in November, in April, FINRA fined them, and some attempted extortionists were indicted. Now there’s yet another update to the story. Travis Coleman reports:

Three men who aided an extortion plot on Davidson Companies will be deported after receiving their sentence Thursday in Helena.

Aleksandrs Hoholko, 30; Jevgenijs Kuzmenko, 26; and Vitalijs Drozdovs, 33, all of Latvia, previously pleaded guilty to a federal charge of receipt of extortion proceeds. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell sentenced the men to time served, as they have been in the custody of Dutch and U.S. officials since February 2008.


Davidson’s computer system was hacked into some time between Dec. 20, 2007, and Jan. 11, 2008, by a man identified in court documents as “John Doe, aka Robert Borko.” Borko has not been arrested and remains at large.

Thousands of customers’ personal and/or financial account information was accessed as part of the computer attack. Borko demanded $80,000 from Davidson in exchange for revealing security vulnerabilities and destroying any confidential information he had obtained, court documents state.

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