By Ofri Ilani
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superseded by a new arrest order issued in connection with the U.S.
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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