[ISN] ATM hackers sentenced in Russia

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Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 00:12:46 PDT

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    MOSCOW (April 22, 2002 7:34 p.m. EDT) - Two leaders of a hackers'
    group that manipulated cash machines in Moscow to make off with nearly
    $1 million from foreign bank accounts were sentenced to five years in
    prison, a newspaper reported Monday.
    A wave of ATM fraud in Moscow in 1999 and 2000 caused panic among
    foreigners living in Moscow and caused many banks to shut down their
    cash machines. According to the Kommersant newspaper, more than 6,000
    people had money stolen from their accounts.
    Kommersant reported that two of the ringleaders, Zviadi Beria and
    Vladimir Medvedov, were sentenced Friday to five years in prison. The
    swindle's main organizer, Yuri Levashov, was given three years and
    immediately freed under an amnesty for petty offenders. Levashov
    cooperated with authorities during the investigation, while Beria and
    Medvedov staunchly denied their guilt.
    Four other defendants were given three-year suspended sentences, the
    newspaper said.
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