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Report: RBS WorldPay hacker gets four years' probation




Report: RBS WorldPay hacker gets four years' probation
Report: RBS WorldPay hacker gets four years' probation



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9184179/Report_RBS_WorldPay_hacker_gets_four_years_probation 

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
September 8, 2010

The mastermind behind one of the biggest hacking paydays in history has 
been sentenced to four years' probation and an US$8.9 million fine, 
according to published reports.

Victor Pleshchuk, 28, was sentenced to four years' probation on 
Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News. He is considered the leader of a 
group of criminals who organized a 2008 precision strike on RBS 
WorldPay, the payment processing division of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

In addition to the reduced sentence of probation, Pleshchuk must also 
pay back more than 275 million rubles ($8.9 million) to RBS WorldPay, 
Bloomberg reports.

Russia is trying to fight a reputation for being soft on cybercrime, but 
this light sentence won't do much to change that perception. Security 
experts say that Pleshchuk falls into the same category of highly 
accomplished cybercriminals as Albert Gonzalez, best known for hacking 
into retailer TJX Companies and the Heartland Payment Systems payment 
processing network. In March, Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in 
federal prison.

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