[ISN] Russian hacker sentenced to 3 years in prison

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Date: Mon Oct 07 2002 - 01:38:34 PDT

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    SEATTLE (October 5, 2002 2:53 p.m. EDT) - A Russian man snared in an
    FBI scheme to catch computer hackers has been sentenced to three years
    in prison for convictions on 20 counts of conspiracy, fraud and
    related computer crimes.
    Vasily Gorshkov, 27, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, was also ordered by U.S.  
    District Judge John Coughenour to pay restitution of nearly $700,000
    for losses he caused to Speakeasy Network of Seattle, and the online
    credit card payment company PayPal of Palo Alto, Calif., U.S. Attorney
    John McKay said Friday.
    Gorshkov was one of two men from his home town persuaded to travel to
    the United States as part of an FBI probe into Russian computer
    intrusions directed at Internet Service Providers, e-commerce sites
    and online banks in the United States.
    The FBI set up a bogus Seattle computer security company called Invita
    Security to snag the hackers, inviting them to demonstrate their
    skills. They arrived Nov. 10, 2000, and met with undercover FBI
    agents, ostensibly to discuss a partnership.
    Gorshkov discussed their hacking prowess at that videotaped meeting
    and took responsibility for various hacking activities, the U.S.  
    attorney said in a statement. Gorshkov shrugged off any concern about
    the FBI, saying the agency could not get them in Russia.
    As the Russians demonstrated their skills at the shell company, the
    FBI used what amounted to computer eavesdropping to gather the tools
    it needed to reach across the Internet and break into their computer
    system in Russia.
    The men were arrested after the meeting.
    Alexey Ivanov, 23, was transported to Connecticut to face charges in a
    computer intrusion at the Online Information Bureau of Vernon, Conn.  
    The status of his case was not immediately known late Friday.
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