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Estonian Facing U.S. Hacking Charges


A U.S. grand jury indicted eight people from Estonia, Russia and Moldova in connection with the break-in of the computer system of the financial services firm RBS WorldPay.

A U.S. grand jury indicted eight people from Estonia, Russia and Moldova in connection with the break-in of the computer system of the financial services firm RBS WorldPay.

An Estonian man has been extradited to the United States to face charges that he helped hack into the computer network of a financial services company as part of a criminal operation in which more than $9 million was stolen.

The U.S. Justice Department said Sergei Tsurikov, 26, arrived August 6 in the city of Atlanta, where a judge ordered him detained.

At his arraignment, Tsurikov pleaded not guilty to charges including computer fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and identity theft.

A U.S. grand jury last year indicted eight people from Estonia, Russia and Moldova in connection with the break-in of the computer system of the financial services firm RBS WorldPay, which is based in Atlanta and is part of the Royal Bank Of Scotland.

U.S. investigators say that during less than 12 hours in November 2008, the hacking team was responsible for the illegal withdrawal of more than $9 million from more than 2,100 bank machines in 280 cities around the world, including in the United States, Russia, Italy and Japan.

compiled from agency reports

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