A Russian national has been extradited to the United States and indicted in New Jersey in what federal officials on Tuesday called the “the largest international hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.”
Vladimir Drinkman, 34, with dual addresses in Syktyvkar and Moscow, was charged for his alleged role in a worldwide conspiracy that stole more than 160 million credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
He was originally arrested by Dutch authorities in the Netherlands in June 2012, and secretly extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges in his country.
In a brief appearance Tuesday in federal court in Newark, Drinkman pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts and was ordered by Magistrate Judge James B. Clark to be detained without bail.
Tribune News Service