The United States is seeking the extradition of hacker Ehud Tenenbaum.


The hacker, an Israeli currently living in Canada, calls him the ‘Analyzer' and has been named as one of the masterminds of a worldwide ring of hackers that allegedly stole millions of dollars. He is accused of hacking into and stealing from financial institutions in Russia, Turkey, Holland, Sweden, Germany and other countries.


He became famous ten years ago for hacking the Pentagon's computers. According to Canadian prosecutor David Gates, the US suspects Tenenbaum of being one of the ringleaders of the scam, in which the hackers penetrated financial institutions around the world to steal credit card numbers. They then sold these numbers to other people, who used them to perpetrate massive credit card fraud. 

Gates did not give a specific figure for how much was stolen, but said it ran into the millions of dollars. Tenenbaum's lawyer, John James, rejected the allegations, saying that everything his client did had been part of his legitimate work as owner of a computer security firm.