Hacker behind $9 million RBS WorldPay ATM heist avoids Russian jail

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Russian prosecutors have served a hacker with a six year suspended sentence after he admitted his involvement in a worldwide hack that withdrew $9 million from ATM cash machines.

29-year-old Viktor Pleshchuk, of St. Petersburg, Russia, received a reduced sentence, which includes four years’ probation, after agreeing to assist authorities by providing information about other hackers who broke into computer systems at RBS WordPay.

The criminal gang is alleged to have created counterfeit cloned debit cards with the stolen information, but didn’t stop there. They also are said to have cracked the encryption security used to protect RBS WorldPay PIN numbers, and raised the level of funds available on compromised accounts. Some accounts reportedly had their daily withdrawal limits boosted to up to $500,000.

This is said to have allowed low-level members of the gang to…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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