Moscow Hacker Faces Extradition Requests by U.S., Russia

David Voreacos and Maud van Gaal:

A Muscovite accused of helping to lead the most prolific computer hacking ring to hit corporate America faces competing extradition requests by the U.S. and Russia.

Vladimir Drinkman, who has been in custody in the Netherlands since his arrest on June 28, 2012, was the subject of an extradition hearing this month in Rotterdam, said Wim de Bruin, a spokesman at the Dutch public prosecutor’s office. A Rotterdam court ruled yesterday that extradition requests from both the U.S. and Russia were admissible, De Bruin said.

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U.S. prosecutors in New Jersey said July 25 that Drinkman was one of five people accused of hacking 17 retailers, financial institutions and payment processors, including 7-Eleven Inc., Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ), Carrefour SA and J.C. Penney Co., to steal more than 160 million credit- and debit-card numbers.

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