By Kim Zetter
August 25, 2009
Ehud Tenenbaum, aka "The Analyzer," quietly pleaded guilty in New York
last week to a single count of bank-card fraud for his role in a
sophisticated computer-hacking scheme that federal officials say scored
$10 million from U.S. banks.
The Israeli hacker was arrested in Canada last year for allegedly
stealing about $1.5 million from Canadian banks. But before Canadian
authorities could prosecute him, U.S. officials filed an extradition
request to bring him to the States.
Prosecutors alleged in an extradition affidavit that Tenenbaum hacked
into two U.S. banks, a credit- and debit-card distribution company and a
payment processor, in what they called a global "cash-out" conspiracy.
But he was only charged with one count of conspiracy to commit
access-device fraud and one count of access-device fraud.
Tenenbaum is set to be sentenced Nov. 19, and he faces a maximum of 15
years in prison. Prosecutors declined to comment on the case or describe
the details of his plea agreement. The second count in the indictment,
charging conspiracy, appears to have been dropped.
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