[ISN] Russian Hacker Indicted On Wire Fraud, Extortion Charges

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Date: Thu Jun 21 2001 - 23:11:00 PDT

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    By Michael Bartlett, Newsbytes
    21 Jun 2001, 3:01 PM CST
    A Russian computer hacker already awaiting trial in two states on
    allegations of computer intrusion and fraud was indicted by a federal
    grand jury on 15 additional counts relating to computer crimes
    allegedly committed in California.
    Alexey V. Ivanov, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, was named in an indictment
    charging him with eight counts of wire fraud, two counts of extortion,
    four counts of unauthorized computer intrusions and one count of
    possessing usernames and passwords for an online bank.
    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Ivanov is in federal
    custody in Rhode Island awaiting trial on charges of computer
    intrusion and fraud in Seattle and Connecticut. Ivanov and his
    partner, Vasili Gorchkov, were arrested in Seattle after the FBI set
    up an undercover company.
    Authorities said Ivanov and others hacked into CTS Network Services, a
    San Diego, Calif.-based Internet service provider. Ivanov allegedly
    used a stolen credit card to open an account with CTS, and then hacked
    the company's computers to attack e-commerce companies.
    Ivanov's targets included NaraBank in Los Angeles and two credit card
    processing companies, Sterling Microsystems of Anaheim, Calif., and
    Transmark of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the indictment alleged. Ivanov
    stole credit card and bank account numbers and then used them in fraud
    schemes, the indictment said.
    In addition, Ivanov allegedly attempted to extort money from Sterling
    Microsystems by asking the company to pay for "security services."
    If convicted on all 15 counts in the indictment, Ivanov faces a
    maximum possible penalty of 90 years in federal prison.
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