Two Romanians sentenced to US prison in hacking case

Sep 04, 2013

Two Romanian nationals were sentenced to prison terms Wednesday for their roles in a multimillion-dollar scheme to hack into US merchants' computer networks to steal credit card data, officials said.

The Justice Department said Adrian-Tiberiu Oprea, 29, of Constanta, Romania, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and Iulian Dolan, 28, of Craiova, Romania, to seven years.

They were among four people charged in 2011 in the scheme to remotely hack into and steal payment card data from hundreds of US merchants' computers, including those of the Subway restaurant franchise.

The group stole credit card data belonging to more than 100,000 US cardholders, in a scheme costing $17.5 million in unauthorized charges and remediation expenses, the Justice Department said.

The scheme identified vulnerable systems and installed keystroke loggers to gain access between 2009 and 2011, according to court documents.

Oprea and Dolan retrieved the card data and then electronically transferred it to various locations. Subsequently, they used the stolen payment card data to make unauthorized charges on, or transfers of funds from, the accounts.

The group hacked into several hundred US merchants' computer systems, including 250 Subway restaurant franchises, officials said.

Oprea, who was extradited to the United States from Romania, pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit and related charges.

Dolan pleaded guilty last September to similar charges.

Explore further: Expanding the breadth and impact of cybersecurity and privacy research

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Two Romanians plead guilty in US hacking case

Sep 17, 2012

Two Romanian nationals pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from a scheme to hack into and steal payment card data from hundreds of US merchants, officials said.

Romanians charged in US with computer fraud

Dec 09, 2011

Four Romanians have been charged with hacking into the computer systems of hundreds of US merchants and making millions of dollars in purchases with stolen credit card data, the Justice Department said Thursday.

US court sentences Estonian hacker to prison

Jul 18, 2012

An Estonian national was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for hacking schemes involving the theft or sale of more than 240,000 credit card numbers, officials said.

Hacking case puts Dutch man in US prison

Feb 02, 2013

A Dutch man was sentenced to 12 years in a US prison on Friday for being an online "broker" for credit card numbers stolen in a computer hacking conspiracy.

4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian charged in massive hacking

Jul 25, 2013

(AP)—Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that over seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations, ...

Recommended for you

US warns retailers on data-stealing malware

5 hours ago

US government cybersecurity watchdogs warned retailers Thursday about malware being circulated that allows hackers to get into computer networks and steal customer data.

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach

6 hours ago

(AP)—Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details ...

Misinformation diffusing online

9 hours ago

The spread of misinformation through online social networks is becoming an increasingly worrying problem. Researchers in India have now modeled how such fictions and diffuse through those networks. They described details ...

User comments : 0