By John E. Dunn
08 January 2009
Maksym Yastremskiy, the Ukrainian accused of being a key figure in the
infamous TJX Maxx Wi-Fi hack of 2005, has been sentenced to 30-years in
prison by a Turkish court.
Yastremskiy - or 'Maksik' as he was sometimes identified - was one of 11
people eventually arrested at the request of the US Department of
Justice, with the Ukrainian reportedly being apprehended in undignified
fashion outside a Turkish nightclub in 2008.
Yastremskiy's part in the crime was allegedly to have purchased credit
card numbers stolen during the huge crime, providing the gang with an
economic hub for its activities. Other members of the gang hailed from
Estonia, Belarus, China, and several parts of the US itself, underlining
the global nature of modern electronic crime.
Although not the perpetrator of the hack itself, Yastremskiy would have
been essential to its success. He is reported to have been suspected of
being behind other crimes not related to the TJX Maxx affair.
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