A Russian man allegedly part of a series of hacks targeting the financial industry and resulting in the theft of data on more than 80 million people, has been extradited from the nation of Georgia to the US, the Manhattan US Attorney’s office said.
The 35-year-old Muscovite, Andrei Tyurin, was arrested for his role in what authorities called a massive hacking campaign aimed at financial institutions, brokerage firms, financial publishers and other companies in the US.
"Tyurin’s alleged hacking activities were so prolific, they lay claim to the largest theft of US customer data from a single financial institution in history, accounting for a staggering 80 million-plus victims," Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. "Today’s extradition marks a significant milestone for law enforcement in the fight against cyber-intrusions targeting our critical financial institutions."
Prosecutors charged Tyurin with multiple crimes, including one count each of conspiracy to commit computer hacking, wire fraud count, conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, identity theft and four computer hacking charges.