Three men, believed to be part of an international cybercrime operation, were charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, and wire fraud. The group targeted financial institutions and major organizations in the United States.
They attempted to steal at least $15 million from US customers and organizations by hacking into bank accounts, brokerage firms, and government agencies. Targeted organizations include:
- Aon Hewitt
- Automatic Data Processing
- Electronic Payments
- Fundtech Holdings
- JP Morgan Chase
- Nordstrom Bank
- US Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Services
- Veracity Payment Solutions
The cybercriminals transferred money from hacked accounts to pre-paid debit cards. The money was then withdrawn from ATMs and/or funds were used to make fraudulent purchases. Furthermore, the stolen identity information to file fraudulent tax returns with the IRS.
The three individuals charged with these counts are Sharapka, Yanovitsky, and Gunderson. The indictment identifies Sharapka as the criminal leader of an enterprise called the "Sharapka Cash Out Organization." Each suspect faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 5 years for access device fraud and identity theft, and two years for aggravated identity theft.
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