Andrei Tyurin, a Russian citizen, was extradited to the United States on Friday from the country of Georgia in connection with his alleged participation in a computer hacking campaign that targeted U.S. financial institutions, brokerage firms, financial news publishers, and other American companies, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “Tyurin’s alleged hacking activities were so prolific, they lay claim to the largest theft of U.S. customer data from a single financial institution in history, accounting for a staggering 80 million-plus victims,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. “As Americans increasingly turn to online banking, theft of online personal information can cause devastating effects on their financial wellbeing, sometimes taking years to recover.” Tyurin is charged with committing crimes with Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron, and Ziv Orenstein, “in furtherance of securities market manipulation, illegal online gambling, and payment processing fraud schemes.” U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge David E. Beach explained in a statement, “This case represents the core of the U.S. Secret Service’s integrated mission to secure our nation’s cyber-related financial infrastructure and protect our nation’s leadership. The collaboration between the Secret Service New York Field Office Electronic Crimes Task Force, FBI New York Office Cyber Division, and our global law enforcement partners demonstrates the commitment to combating cyber-enabled financial crimes and ensuring those responsible are held accountable.”

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