Search Results : Vladimir Drinkman

Sep 172015

Karl Thomas reports:

A second Russian man has pleaded guilty in an American court for his role in what is thought to be the biggest data breach in the history of the US.

A day after 34-year-old Vladimir Drinkman pleaded guilty in New Jersey for helping orchestrate the theft of 160 million credit card details, Dmitriy Smilianets, 32, admitted his involvement in the cyberattack.

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Jan 272015

AP reports:

A Dutch judge has approved the extradition to the United States of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack.

Tuesday’s ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is one of four Russians and a Ukrainian charged in a sophisticated data breach that netted at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers and resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars over seven years.

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If the news sounds familiar, you’re probably recalling a previous AP report that he had been cleared for extradition, but that had been appealed.  AFP has additional details in The Guardian.

May 092014

Maud van Gaal and David Voreacos report:

Vladimir Drinkman, a Muscovite wanted by the U.S. on charges he helped lead a ring that hacked 17 companies including 7-Eleven Inc. and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ), is fighting a Dutch court ruling that would allow his extradition.

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the nation’s top court, yesterday received Drinkman’s appeal of a ruling that said the U.S. request is admissible and a hearing date will now be set, said Mireille Beentjes, a spokeswoman at the court.

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Apr 172014

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.


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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Jul 252013

David Voreacos reports:

Four Russians and a Ukrainian were charged for their role in the largest hacking and data breach scheme in U.S. history, according to Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey.

The five conspired in a “worldwide scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses,” Fishman said today in a statement. The men worked with Albert Gonzalez, a hacker serving 20 years in prison, according to the indictment unsealed in federal court in New Jersey.

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Update:  here’s a redacted copy of the indictment (pdf).  It lists corporate victims: NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Carrefour S.A., Hannaford Bros., Heartland Payment Systems, Wet Seal, Commidea Ltd., Dexia Bank Belgium, Jet Blue, Dow Jones, “Bank A” in the UAE, Euronet, Visa Jordan (part of Visa Inc.), Global Payment Systems, Diners Singapore (part of the Diners Club owned by Discover Financial Services), and Ingenicard U.S.  This is the first I’m hearing about some of these, even though some were quite large breaches.