Romania eBay hacker gets suspended sentence

Nov 02, 2011
A Romanian court has handed a three-year suspended sentence to a hacker accused of causing auction website eBay millions of dollars in losses by illegally accessing its email accounts.

A Romanian court on Wednesday handed a three-year suspended sentence to a hacker accused of causing auction website eBay millions of dollars in losses by illegally accessing its email accounts.

"The Bucharest appeal court rejected both the prosecutors' and the defendant's appeals," spokesman Daniel Gradinaru told AFP.

Vlad Duiculescu, 23, was arrested in April 2008 on the suspicion of "fraudulently and repeatedly" accessing eBay's accounts from 2005-2007, causing the company losses estimated at two million dollars, according to .

The hacker known as "Vladuz" was arrested during an operation conducted jointly with the US Secret Service and the FBI.

The company at the time publicly thanked the Romanian police "for successfully arresting cyber-criminal Vladuz, who had attempted to defraud users."

The hacker spent nearly two years in prison awaiting trial, before being released in January 2010.

Several cyber-crime networks operating from Romania have been dismantled in the last few years, often with the help of US experts.

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Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 02, 2011
Another poorly prepared article about an important topic.

It makes reference to an "appeals court", but does not include a bit of information on the original case results. One would like to know, in summary, how this hacker got to this point, which would make relevant everything else stated here.

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