WASHINGTON — Federal authorities said Tuesday that a Russian national accused of participating in the “largest international hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States,” including breaches at Carrefour, J.C. Penney Co. and Wet Seal, has been extradited to the U.S. and indicted in New Jersey.
Officials said Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Moscow and Syktyykar, Russia, was charged for his alleged role in “a data theft conspiracy that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.”
Drinkman was detained by Dutch authorities in 2012 and had been held there for the past two and a half years until he was extradited to the U.S.
He appeared Tuesday in federal court in Newark and pleaded not guilty to 11 counts in the indictment and was ordered by Magistrate Judge James. B. Clark to be detained without bail.
“Cyber criminals conceal themselves in one country and steal information located in another country, impacting victims around the world,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. “Hackers often take advantage of international borders and differences in legal systems, hoping to evade extradition to face justice. This case and today’s extradition demonstrates that through international cooperation, and through great teamwork between the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, we are able to bring cyber thieves to justice in the United States, wherever they may commit their crimes.”
According to the indictment, which was unsealed in July 2013, Drinkman and four codefendants participated in the scheme.
Drinkman and his codefendants are charged with attacks on NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Carrefour, J.C. Penney, Hannaford, Heartland, Wet Seal, Commidea, Dexia, JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, Global Payment, Diners Singapore and Ingenicard.
Authorities said it is not alleged that the NASDAQ hack affected its trading platform.