Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a hacking network which defrauded a dozen US and international companies of more than 200 million euros.
It is being described as the biggest cyber fraud case in history. The five are accused of stealing at least 160 million credit card numbers and then selling them on.
Prosecutors said the men would charge 10 dollars for US cards, 15 dollars for Canadian ones and 50 dollars for European cards. Once sold, the individuals who used the card details then caused the companies losses of more than 200 million dollars.
Paul Fishman, the US Attorney for New Jersey, said: “The hackers and their associates orchestrated 17 major data breaches, including intrusions into the networks of Nasdaq, 7/11, JC Penney, Heartland Payment Systems and several major payment card processors such as Euronet Worldwide and Global Payment.”
Vladimir Drinkman, 32, and Dmitriy Smilianets, 29, were arrested in June 2012, while traveling in the Netherlands, at the request of US authorities. Smilianets was extradited last September and is expected to appear in Federal court in New Jersey next week. Drinkman is awaiting an extradition hearing in the Netherlands.
Prosecutors have declined to comment on the whereabouts of the other three defendants, but named them as: 26-year-old Alexandr Kalinin, 32-year-old Roman Kotov and 26-year-old Ukrainian Mikhail Rytikov.
Kalinin is also charged with hacking servers used by Nasdaq and installing software that enabled him to delete, change and steal data. The infected servers did not include the trading platform that allows Nasdaq customers to buy and sell.