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Ukrainians accused of cyber-attack at American companies detained in US, - Foreign Ministry

One of the detainees was provided with an American lawyer
13:59, 2 August 2018

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The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine confirmed the detention of three Ukrainians accused of the cyber-attacks at the American companies in the US. Vasyl Kyrylych, the Representative of Consular Service Department of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"The  Consul of Ukraine has established the contact with the law enforcement bodies and the information of the mentioned citizens of Ukraine was confirmed as well as the presence of the American advocate who defends the rights and legal interests of one of the arrested Ukrainians," he said.

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As we reported the United States arrested three Ukrainians. They are suspected of committing several cyber-crimes like theft of arrays of payment card numbers and other data of American companies. 

According to three federal indictments unsealed today, Ukrainian nationals Dmytro Fedorov, 44, Fedir Hladyr, 33, and Andrii Kolpakov, 30, are members of a prolific hacking group widely known as FIN7 (also referred to as the Carbanak Group and the Navigator Group, among other names).  Since at least 2015, FIN7 members engaged in a highly sophisticated malware campaign targeting more than 100 U.S. companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gaming, and hospitality industries.  As set forth in indictments, FIN7 hacked into thousands of computer systems and stole millions of customer credit and debit card numbers, which the group used or sold for profit.

Related: Russia to keep using cyber attacks for geopolitical influence, - Ukraine's SBU

In the United States alone, FIN7 successfully breached the computer networks of companies in 47 states and the District of Columbia, stealing more than 15 million customer card records from over 6,500 individual point-of-sale terminals at more than 3,600 separate business locations.  Additional intrusions occurred abroad, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, and France.  Companies that have publicly disclosed hacks attributable to FIN7 include such familiar chains as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili’s, Arby’s, Red Robin and Jason’s Deli.  Additionally in Western Washington, FIN7 targeted other local businesses.

Fedorov, a high-level hacker and manager who allegedly supervised other hackers tasked with breaching the security of victims’ computer systems, was arrested in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.  Fedorov remains detained in Poland pending his extradition to the United States.

Related: Russian hackers prepare large-scale attack on Ukrainian companies, - Ukraine's Cyber Police

In late June 2018, foreign authorities arrested a third FIN7 member, Ukrainian Andrii Kolpakov in Lepe, Spain.  Kolpakov, also alleged to be a supervisor of a group of hackers, remains detained in Spain pending the United States’ request for extradition.

 

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