Russian hacker sentenced to 12 years in prison for colossal data theft

Russian hacker responsible for JP Morgan Chase hacking sentenced for crimes committed in the United States

Russian hacker sentencedAndrei Tyurin, the hacker behind the JP Morgan attack where 80 million customer details were stolen, convicted for 12 years

January 7 of 2020 marks the day when Manhattan federal court has convicted[1] a 37-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation, Andrei Tyurin, to 144 months in prison in the U.S. for participating in an enormous computer hacking campaign that included computer hacking, online gambling offenses, wire fraud, bank fraud, and other illegal activities.

As acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss stated:

From his home in Moscow, Andrei Tyurin played a major role in orchestrating and facilitating an international hacking campaign that included one of the largest thefts of U.S. customer data from a single financial institution in history, stealing the personal information of more than 80 million J.P. Morgan Chase customers.

In 2018, after a close partnership between various U.S. and Georgian institutions, Andrei Tyurin was extradited from the county of Georgia to the U.S., where he pleaded guilty to most of the offenses in September 2019. His lawyers requested leniency as prosecutors were determined to convict the Russian hacker for over 15 years in the penal correction system.[2] Lower sentence was granted due to the fact that Tyurin has contracted a harsh infection of the COVID-19 during his detention and is married and has a young daughter.

During tenure, over 100 million personal customer data was stolen

Attacks on various U.S. financial institutions, financial news publishers, brokerage firms, and other American companies were carried out between 2007 and 2015. During this period, the personal information of around 138 million citizens of the United States was stolen and used in various schemes.[3]

Although J.P. Morgan Chase Investment Bank, the largest bank in the United States,[4] has suffered one of the biggest hacks in history, losing the personal information of over 80 million customers, other companies such as Scottrade Inc, Fidelity Investments, Dow Jones, E*Trade Financial Corp, the Wall Street Journal, and others, were targeted too.

One of Tyurin's schemes included him and his partner in crime, Gery Shalon, artificially increasing the prices of certain stocks that were publicly traded in the U.S. by misleading and deceiving customers, which information they have previously stolen during their hacks.[5]

The hacker had remotely controlled computer infrastructure located on five continents with access to victims' networks that allowed him to constantly download and update the companies' stolen data.

Working in a criminal enterprise netted Tyurin over $19 million

Andrei Tyurin, also known as Andrei Tyurin, wasn't doing all the work himself. He worked closely with Gery Shalon (Israeli citizen), aka Garri Shalelashvili, Gabriel, Phillipe Mousset, etc., Joshua Samuel Aaron (American resident of Israel), aka Mike Shields, and Ziv Orenstein (Israeli citizen), aka Aviv Stein, John Avery. Tyurin was the last member of this group to be charged by the prosecutors.

When the hacking activities of Tyurin and Shalon were detected, they were trying to get rid of the evidence of their illicit business. Still, it didn't undermine institutions such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Ministry of Justice of Georgia, and many others, who shared information and sentenced them.

Various schemes netted this gang hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit proceeds. Tyurin's piece of the pie earned him over $19 million. Along with the prison sentence, the Russian hacker will also have to serve three years of supervised release and pay a specific amount of $19,214,956 as forfeiture.

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