Saturday, April 3, 2010

Crackers RBS World Pay arrested.

The St. Petersburg FSB conducted an operation to arrest the attacker Victor Pleschuka, which is considered the organizer of one of the most daring burglaries in the history of the banking business.

RBS World PayIn 2008, he and accomplices broke into the billing system RBS World Pay (a processing unit of Royal Bank of Scotland), stole information about debit cards and have access to personal data of clients and banking systems, including ATM-processing and payroll card. Somehow they were able to implement even reverse engineering PIN-codes, reports Wired.

November 8, 2008 almost simultaneously with 44 cloned salary cards were withdrawn about $9.5 million within 12 hours of action were involved in about 2100 ATMs in 280 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Moscow and Hong Kong. The operation of cashing involved hundreds of ordinary "cashier" (mules).

The large amount of damage due to the fact that the hackers managed to advance to raise the limits on withdrawals on each card and $500 thousand through the ATM-processing, so that a "mule" Get all the cash from the ATM, who was there.

Investigations have shown that an operation coordinated by four people: Victor Pleschuk (28 years, St. Petersburg), Sergei Tsurikov (25 years, Tallinn), Oleg Covelin (28 years, Chisinau), and another yet unidentified party. It is Pleschuk found a way to reverse engineering of encrypted PIN-codes.

The organizers have the opportunity to observe real-time via the ATM-monitoring process of withdrawal and tracked, how the amount charged on each card. Upon completion of the operation, they tried to erase the traces of their presence from the system of RBS.

Interestingly, according to Russian law for hacker activity Viktor face no more than five years in prison. The extradition of Russian citizens is prohibited by the Constitution of Russia. In such cases, U.S. intelligence agencies are waiting for years until a hacker does not leave for holidays abroad. For example, in this way in July 2007 in Turkey, was arrested Ukrainian hacker Maxim [Maksik] Yastremsky.

According to experts, in an operation to uncover the case Pleschuka FSB and the FBI have demonstrated an unsurpassed level of cooperation, but hardly the issue of extradition the Russian government will go forward. According to an FBI agent Hilbert, quoted by Wired, not the first time with Western intelligence agencies such operations in Russia and Ukraine, but these countries will never be extradited hackers, and give them a short time and soon are released.

Incidentally, the Estonian authorities arrested Sergei Tzurikov and has promised to extradite him to the U.S..

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