Suspect in $9 Million RBS WorldPay Hack Extradited to U.S.

Suspect in $9 Million RBS WorldPay Hack Extradited to U.S.
Suspect in $9 Million RBS WorldPay Hack Extradited to U.S.

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By Kim Zetter  
Threat Level
August 9, 2010

One of the alleged ringleaders behind the 2008 hack of RBS WorldPay has 
been extradited to the U.S., where he was arraigned Friday in the 
Northern District of Georgia on charges that he helped coordinate the 
global $9.5 million bank card heist.

Sergei Tsurikov, 26, of Tallinn, Estonia, has been charged in Atlanta 
with wire fraud, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and two 
conspiracy charges involving wire and computer fraud.

Tsurikov was indicted in the U.S. last November with Viktor Pleshchuk, 
28, of St. Petersburg; Oleg Covelin, 28, of Chisinau, Moldova; and a 
fourth person identified only as =E2=80=9CHacker 3=E2=80=B3 for what the government has 
called =E2=80=9Cperhaps the most sophisticated and organized computer fraud 
attack ever conducted.=E2=80=9D Igor Grudijev, 32, Ronald Tsoi, 32, Evelin Tsoi, 
21, and Mihhail Jevgenov, 34, all of Tallinn, Estonia, were also 
indicted on access device fraud charges related to the hack.

Tsurikov, Grudijev, Jevgenov and both Ronald and Evelin Tsoi were 
convicted in Estonia of fraud. Pleshchuk was arrested by the Russian 
Federal Security Service, or FSB, earlier this year, but because the 
U.S. lacks an extradition treaty with Russia, it=E2=80=99s unlikely Pleshchuk 
will follow Tsurikov=E2=80=99s footsteps to the U.S. Covelin was still a 
fugitive earlier this year; his current status is unknown. The U.S. 
Attorney=E2=80=99s office in Georgia has not yet responded to a call from Threat 

The hack of RBS involved cracking the PINs for payroll debit cards -- 
the holy grail of bank card hacking.


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