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Ukrainians Among 8 Charged In U.S. Over Alleged Cybercrime Ring


U.S. federal prosecutors have announced criminal charges against eight people, including several Ukrainians, for allegedly running an international cybercrime ring that tried to steal millions of dollars.

Prosecutors on June 12 accused the ring of hacking into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions as well as the U.S. military’s payroll service.

Prosecutors said the ring tried to steal at least $15 million.

Prosecutors said the scheme was led by Oleksiy Sharapka, 33, from Kyiv, who remains at large along with a second Ukrainian national.

Four arrests have been made so far.

Prosecutors allege the conspiracy began after Sharapka was deported from the United States in 2012 after he was jailed in Massachusetts.

The defendants have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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