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Russian hacker fighting extradition to US and back to Russia

Vladimir Drinkman is in a Dutch prison fighting extradition to the United States, but faces charges in his home country of Russia
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jan 18, 2015 9:01 pm

Russian hacker Vladimir Drinkman faces a final extradition ruling later this month, where US officials hope he is transferred from a Dutch prison to the United States.




Drinkman and an alleged accomplice in the cybercriminal ring that stole millions of debit and credit card numbers, Dmitriy Smilianets, were arrested while on holiday in Amsterdam. They were part of a group that caused more than $300 million losses to companies, while selling cards for $10, $15, or $50 apiece.


"'Hacker' is an elastic notion," Drinkman told Bloomberg Businessweek. "Now every third person is called a hacker because he has technical skills, and not because he is actually using them."


Drinkman has fought extradition for two and a half years, and reportedly is considering a plea deal, as he faces charges in the United States and Russia. He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence in Russia, and a 25-year maximum sentence in the United States if convicted.


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