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Two Romanian Hackers Extradited to the U.S. Over $18 Million Vishing Scam

Two Romanian Hackers Extradited to the U.S. Over $18 Million Vishing Scam
May 08, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Two Romanian hackers have been extradited to the United States to face 31 criminal charges including computer fraud and abuse, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Described as "international computer hackers" by the United States Department of Justice, Teodor Laurentiu Costea , 41, and Robert Codrut Dumitrescu , 40, allegedly rob Americans of more than $18 million in an elaborate phishing scheme. Costea and Dumitrescu were named in the 31-count federal grand jury indictment on August 16 last year and were accused last week in the Northern District of Georgia following their extradition. Another co-defendant, Cosmin Draghici, 28, remains in custody in Romania awaiting his extradition to the United States. "These extraditions send a strong warning to cybercriminals and fraudsters worldwide, that we, along with our law-enforcement partners, will work tirelessly to bring you to justice," said U. S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay&q

British Hacker 'Lauri Love' will not be extradited to US, Court Rules

British Hacker 'Lauri Love' will not be extradited to US, Court Rules
February 05, 2018Swati Khandelwal
British citizen and hacker Lauri Love, who was accused of hacking into United States government websites, will not be extradited to stand trial in the U.S., the High Court of England and Wales ruled today. Love, 33, is facing a 99-year prison sentence in the United States for allegedly carrying out series of cyber attacks against the FBI, US Army, US Missile Defence Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and New York's Federal Reserve Bank between 2012 and 2013. The High Court ruled Monday that Love should be tried in U.K. after Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett of Maldon and Justice Ouseley heard he suffered severe mental illness like Asperger syndrome, eczema, asthma, and depression, and may kill himself if extradited. At Westminster Magistrates' Court in London in late 2016, District Judge Nina Tempia ordered Love to be extradited to the U.S. to stand trial, although his lawyers appealed the decision, arguing that he should be tried for his al

LinkedIn Hacker, Wanted by US & Russian, Can be Extradited to Either State

LinkedIn Hacker, Wanted by US & Russian, Can be Extradited to Either State
May 31, 2017Mohit Kumar
The alleged Russian hacker, who was arrested by the Czech police in Prague last October on suspicion of massive 2012 data breach at LinkedIn, can be extradited to either the United States or Russia, a Czech court ruled on Tuesday. Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin , a 29-years-old Russian national, is accused of allegedly hacking not just LinkedIn , but also the online cloud storage platform Dropbox , and now-defunct social-networking company Formspring. However, he has repeatedly denied all accusations. Nikulin was arrested in Prague on October 5 by the Czech police after Interpol issued an international arrest warrant against him. Nikulin appeared at a court hearing held inside a high-security prison in Prague on Tuesday and emaciated after eight months in solitary confinement. The court ruling, pending appeals, left the final decision in the hands of Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan, who can approve extradition to one of the countries and block the other. The United

British Court rules Hacktivist 'Lauri Love' can be extradited to USA

British Court rules Hacktivist 'Lauri Love' can be extradited to USA
September 16, 2016Swati Khandelwal
British citizen and alleged hacker Lauri Love will be extradited to the United States to face allegations of hacking into United States government computer systems, a UK judge ruled on Friday. Love, 31, is currently facing up to 99 years in prison for allegedly hacking into the FBI, the US Army, the US Missile Defence Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and New York's Federal Reserve Bank during 2012 and 2013. US Prosecutors claim that Love was allegedly involved in #OpLastResort , an online protest linked with the Anonymous collective following the persecution and untimely death of activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in 2013 while under federal charges for data theft. Speaking at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, District Judge Nina Tempia said : "I'll be extraditing Mr. Love, by which I mean I'll be passing the case to the Secretary of State." Tempia said Love could appeal against the court decisi

British Authorities Order Hacker Lauri Love to hand Over Encryption Keys

British Authorities Order Hacker Lauri Love to hand Over Encryption Keys
April 13, 2016Swati Khandelwal
The National Crime Agency (NCA) of United Kingdom is forcing the British citizen, and political hacktivist Lauri Love accused of hacking to hand over encryption keys to equipment seized from his home. Love, 31, is currently fighting extradition to the United States where he faces up to 99 years in prison for allegedly hacking into the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), the US Missile Defence Agency, NASA and Federal Reserve Bank of New York during 2012 and 2013. US Prosecutors claim that Love was allegedly involved in #OpLastResort , an online protest linked with the Anonymous group, following the persecution and untimely death of activist Aaron Swartz , who committed suicide in 2013 while under federal charges for data theft. Love was initially arrested from his home in Stradishall, England in October 2013 by the NCA and had criminal charges filed against him in New York, East Virginia, and New Jersey. During a court hearing at Westminster Magistrates on Tues

Infamous Hacker 'Guccifer' appears in US Court after Extradition

Infamous Hacker 'Guccifer' appears in US Court after Extradition
April 04, 2016Unknown
Marcel Lazar Lehel aka " Guccifer " – an infamous Romanian hacker who hacked into the emails and social networking accounts of numerous high profile the US and Romanian Politicians – appeared in the United States court for the first time after extradition. Following Romania's top court approval last month, Guccifer was extradited to the United States recently from Romania, his home country, where he had already been serving a hacking sentence. Lehel has been charged with cyber-stalking, unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft in a nine-count indictment filed in 2014 in a federal district court in Alexandria, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Lehel "hacked into the email and social media accounts of high-profile victims, including a family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former U.S. Cabinet member, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential advisor," acc

'Guccifer,' who Hacked former President, to be extradited to the US

'Guccifer,' who Hacked former President, to be extradited to the US
March 08, 2016Unknown
Upon the request of US authorities, Marcel Lazar Lehel, well known as Guccifer , has finally been approved to extradite to the United States to face Computer Intrusion and Identity Theft Charges for 18 months. Guccifer is an infamous Romanian hacker who was arrested in Romania for hacking into the emails and social networking accounts of numerous high profile the US and Romanian Politicians. Romania's top court has approved a request by US authorities to extradite Guccifer to the United States, a source within Romania's DIICOT anti-organized crime and terrorism unit told Reuters. Guccifer's well known political targets included: Bill Clinton (Former President) Hillary Clinton (U.S Presidential Candidate) George W. Bush (Former U.S. President) Colin Powell (former U.S. Secretary) George Maior (chief of the Romanian Intelligence Service) John Tenet (State Director of Central Intelligence for the United States CIA) Richard Armitage (Republican politici

Russian Hacker Charged in Biggest U.S Hacking Case Doesn't Want Extradition to U.S

Russian Hacker Charged in Biggest U.S Hacking Case Doesn't Want Extradition to U.S
May 12, 2014Wang Wei
A Russian Hacker who was arrested in year 2012 by the authorities of the Netherlands and accused for allegedly hacking into the computer networks of more than a dozen major American corporations and stole over 160 million Credit and Debit Card Numbers. Earlier we reported , 33-year-old Russian hacker Vladimir Drinkman is wanted in U.S and Russia for various cyber crime charges, and the Netherlands Court ruled simultaneous requests from the U.S. & Russia for the extradition were admissible. But now it's up to the Dutch Minister of Justice to decide, whether to which country he would be extradited. However, Hacker Vladimir Drinkman does not want to face charges in US and appealed to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Country's highest court, to avoid his extradition to the US, Bloomberg reported. In the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey , the U.S. prosecutor plead that he was involved in the theft of more than 160 million credit and debit-

Dutch Court Accepts to Extradite Russian Hacker involved in Biggest US Hacking Case

Dutch Court Accepts to Extradite Russian Hacker involved in Biggest US Hacking Case
April 19, 2014Wang Wei
In the mid of last year a Group of Russian Hackers were accused for allegedly infiltrating the computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations and stole 160 million credit card and debit card numbers over the course of seven years, which were then resold to third parties buyers. WANTED IN U.S AND RUSSIA A Rotterdam court in Netherlands ruled that simultaneous requests from the U.S. and Russia for the extradition of the Russian hacker  Vladimir Drinkman  were admissible,  who is accused of being involved to lead the largest data theft case ever prosecuted in the U.S history, Bloomberg report . But it's not yet clear why Russia demands Drinkman 's extradition, "It's now up to the minister of justice to decide on the extradition, and to decide which country." court ruled. The investigators identified that the defendants have been infiltrating computer networks across the globe since at least 2007, including firms in New Jer

Infamous Hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok, responsible for $4 Billion Damage to Swiss Banks

Infamous Hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok, responsible for $4 Billion Damage to Swiss Banks
March 18, 2014Wang Wei
27-year-old Infamous Moroccan-Russian hacker arrested by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI)  in Bangkok, accused of cracking Switzerland Bank Computers and websites. Farid Essebar , went by the online screen name " Diabl0 ", has been wanted from last three years, and finally arrested on Tuesday with the joint operation of Thai and Swiss authorities and will be extradited to Switzerland soon. In 2011, He allegedly duplicated the Bank website pages to dupe more than 1,000 people and responsible for damage of $4 Billion and subject to an 'International' arrest warrant for forgery and piracy of financial institutions. '' We arrested the suspect at a condominium on Rama IV Road. Next Thailand will send him to Switzerland within 90 days in accordance with the extradition agreement, '' Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul of the Department of Special Investigation said. In 2005, 18-year-old Farid Essebar was arrested b

The Pirate Bay Cofounder 'Gottfrid Svartholm Warg' will be extradited to Denmark

The Pirate Bay Cofounder 'Gottfrid Svartholm Warg' will be extradited to Denmark
November 21, 2013Wang Wei
Sweden today has announced the extradition of 30-year-old  The Pirate Bay Cofounder ' Gottfrid Svartholm Warg ' to Denmark where he is wanted for questioning on alleged hacking charges. He was living in Cambodia last year but was later arrested and deported to Sweden. Currently he is serving a one-year sentence in Sweden for hacking into the computer systems of contractors working for the national tax authority. His extradition will take place on 27th November . Along with a 20-year-old Dane, they are accused of hacking into the servers of a Denmark government contractor and stealing police files files between April and August 2012. The motivation for the hacks remains unknown, but the police say it can't be ruled out that changes were made to the records. There are, however, no indications that any of the downloaded files have been exploited. Even, The Pirate Bay may no longer be safe to use. It is no longer in the hands of the original owners. An Anonymous act

British Baptist Minister's son charged with hacking US Army and Nasa Computer Systems

British Baptist Minister's son charged with hacking US Army and Nasa Computer Systems
October 30, 2013Wang Wei
Son of a Baptist Minister, 28-year-old British man named Lauri Love has been charged with hacking into the computer systems of the US army, NASA and other federal agencies. He was arrested Friday at his home in Stradishall, England by the National Crime Agency and according to the indictment alleges Love and his unnamed co-conspirators hacked into thousands of computer systems between October 2012 and October 2013. The indictment does not accuse Love of selling information or doing anything else with it for financial gain. His father Alexander Love, 60, a Baptist minister, works as a chaplain at HMP Highpoint North. His mother Sirkka-Liisa Love, 59, also works at the jail as a teacher. He is charged with one count of accessing a U.S. Department or agency computer without authorization and one count of conspiracy. The government said the purpose was to disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the federal government.  They stole data on more than 5,000 individuals, as well as info

Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Svartholm sentenced to 2 years in Sweden

Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Svartholm sentenced to 2 years in Sweden
June 20, 2013Mohit Kumar
The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to two years in jail by Nacka district court, Sweden on Thursday for hacking into computers at a company that manages data for Swedish authorities and making illegal online money transfers. In Sweden, He is also involved in another case, to have hacked the mainframe of the CSC computer company protecting Rigspolitiet's (the Danish national police) IT system, as well as other sensitive government databases. In Denmark, Svartholm Warg and another unnamed Danish co-defendant were accused of illegally accessing 4 million files, including the email passwords of 10,000 policemen, personal identification numbers (CPRs) from a driver's license database and information about wanted persons in the Schengen region. He had denied the charges, further he can be extradited to Denmark to face charges for one of the country's largest hacking attacks. Last year Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was extradited to Sweden from Camb

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London
June 18, 2013Mohit Kumar
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will not leave the Ecuadorian Embassy after Ecuador's foreign minister has said its embassy in London will continue to provide political asylum to Julian Assange. He was staying in embassy  for the past year to avoid extradition to Sweden. The Australian will be arrested if he steps outside the building, so the jet-set lifestyle has been replaced by a single room and his laptop.  Assange said he fears Sweden would allow him to be extradited to the United States to face potential charges relating to WikiLeaks releases of sensitive diplomatic and defense communications. So as of tomorrow, he decided to spent one year inside the embassy, even if sex charges against him are dropped. " The strong view of my US lawyer is that there is already a sealed indictment which means I would be arrested, unless the British Government gave information or guarantees that would grant me safe passage ," he said. Assange claims that the

Algerian Hacker linked to SpyEye virus extradited to US

Algerian Hacker linked to SpyEye virus extradited to US
May 04, 2013Mohit Kumar
The Algerian hacker linked with the SpyEye computer virus, designed to steal financial and personal information was extradited by Thailand to the United States to face charges that he hijacked customer accounts at more than 200 banks and financial institutions and have been used to steal more than $100 million in the last five years. A SpyEye allowed cybercriminals to alter the display of Web pages in the victims' browsers as a way to trick them into turning over personal financial information. The virus only impacts PCs and not Macintosh operating systems. A report issued last year by security firms McAfee said that about a dozen cybercrime groups have been using variants of Zeus and SpyEye, which automate the process of transferring money from bank accounts. The stolen funds are transferred to prepaid debit cards or into accounts controlled by money mules, allowing the mules to withdraw the money and wire it to the attackers. Hamza Bendelladj , also known as

Exclusive : Gary McKinnon wins 10-year fight against US extradition

Exclusive : Gary McKinnon wins 10-year fight against US extradition
October 16, 2012Mohit Kumar
Gary McKinnon has had his extradition blocked by the UK government. He has finally won his 10-year fight against extradition after Home Secretary Theresa May today halted proceedings on human rights grounds. The Home Secretary said medical reports warning the computer hacker would kill himself if sent to the US were sufficient grounds to bring the decade-long battle to an end. It is 10 years since he was first arrested, and his case has come to symbolise a purported imbalance in the extradition arrangements between the UK and the US. McKinnon was accused by US prosecutors of " the biggest military computer hack of all time ", but he claims he was simply looking for evidence of UFOs.  According to a report, Mr Burrowes increased the pressure on the Prime Minister last night by telling friends he will resign as a member of the Government if Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, is deported. There was no doubt McKinnon is seriously ill and the extradition warrant agains

Another hope in Hacker Gary McKinnon extradition

Another hope in Hacker Gary McKinnon extradition
October 13, 2012Mohit Kumar
Gary's 10 years spent living on a knife-edge has been nothing short of cruel and unnecessary punishment. There is another new hope for Gary McKinnon who is fighting extradition after being accused of hacking US military computers. Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will win his 10-year legal battle against extradition have been significantly raised after Home Office-appointed psychiatrists warned that he would be very likely to attempt suicide if sent for trial in the US. It comes as the result of a medical report by two Home Office psychiatrists, which found there is a "significant risk" of suicidal behaviour by Mr McKinnon. The Home Secretary will tell MPs of her final decision on the case on Tuesday. McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, has called on government figures to honour their promises to save her son. But despite this it remains unclear if the Home Secretary, Theresa May, will halt his extradition or not, having previously put it on hold to consider new evidence. McKin
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