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Israeli hacker said behind global ring that stole millions




Israeli hacker said behind global ring that stole millions
Israeli hacker said behind global ring that stole millions



http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1026626.html 

By Ofri Ilani 
Haaretz.com
October 07, 2008

The United States will ask Canada to extradite Israeli computer hacker 
Ehud Tenenbaum, better known as the "Analyzer," so that he can be 
indicted as one of the masterminds of a worldwide ring of hackers that 
allegedly stole millions of dollars.

Prosecutors say that the ring hacked into financial institutions in 
Russia, Turkey, Holland, Sweden, Germany and other countries.

Ten years ago, Tenenbaum became famous for having hacked into the 
Pentagon's computers. Then, last month, he was arrested in Canada on 
suspicion of being involved in a high-tech theft from a local bank. 
Three weeks later, a court decided to release him on $30,000 bail, but 
last week, before he had actually left prison, that decision was 
superseded by a new arrest order issued in connection with the U.S. 
extradition request.

The other suspects in the case, including Tenenbaum's fiancee, have been 
released on bail.

According to Canadian prosecutor David Gates, the U.S. suspects 
Tenenbaum of being one of the ringleaders of the scam, in which the 
hackers penetrated financial institutions around the world to steal 
credit card numbers. They then sold these numbers to other people, who 
used them to perpetrate massive credit card fraud.

Gates did not give a specific figure for how much was stolen, but said 
it ran into the millions of dollars.

Tenenbaum's lawyer, John James, rejected the allegations, saying that 
everything his client did had been part of his legitimate work as owner 
of a computer security firm.


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