By Natalya Krainova
The Moscow Times
06 October 2010
Eleven Russian students are among 20 people detained in the United
States on suspicion of working for an international group of hackers
that stole at least $70 million from bank accounts worldwide.
The FBI called the hacker ring "one of the largest cyber criminal cases
we have ever investigated," but news reports said the Russian detainees
were only underlings looking for easy cash.
Six Russian suspects were detained Tuesday, following an FBI
announcement last week that five others had been charged, Rossia One
state television reported, citing the Russian consulate in New York.
The consulate's third secretary, Alexander Otchaynov, told Kommersant in
a story published Monday that one suspect, Margarita Pakhomova, was
detained aboard a plane as she prepared to leave the United States on
Another of the 11 suspects, Sofia Dikova, was detained in January at
Newark's Liberty Airport with a pile of fake documents that the hackers
used to open bank accounts, Otchaynov said.
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