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Russian Computer Gamer Pleads Not Guilty In Massive Cybercrime

A Russian computer gamer accused of being part of the largest cybercrime ring ever prosecuted in the United States has pleaded not guilty to charges that could send him to prison for 30 years.

Dmitry Smilianets, a professional computer gamer from Moscow, entered the plea on August 12 at a federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

Smilianets is accused of conspiring with computer hackers from Russia and Ukraine to steal more than 160 million credit-card and debit-card numbers in a case that cost companies in Europe and the United States more than $300 million.

Infiltrated companies included the NASDAQ stock exchange, VISA, and major retailers.

Prosecutors charge that he sold financial data that had been stolen by a team of four computer hackers from Russia and Ukraine.

Smilianets has remained in federal custody since his September 2012 extradition from Amsterdam, where he was arrested.

Smilianets founded Moscow 5 – a championship League of Legends online computer gaming team from Russia that has since changed its name to Gambit Gaming.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and Bloomberg

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