A U.S. court sentenced a 37-year-old Russian man to 12 years in prison on Thursday for hacking that resulted in the theft of large amounts of personal data from several financial institutions, brokerage houses, publishers and other U.S. companies.
Andrej Tjurin is accused of one of the biggest thefts of data from clients of a financial institution in history. He is, among other things, accused of stealing the personal data of more than 80 million clients of JP Morgan Chase.
In addition to the investment bank, some of its main targets were E * Trade, Scottrade and the Wall Street Journal.
It is believed that Tyurin carried out these attacks from his home in Moscow, in the period from 2012 to the middle of 2015, and that he earned more than 19 million dollars from that.
In one such case, Tyurin worked with his partner Gary Chalon to artificially inflate the prices of certain stocks that are publicly traded in the United States, advertising them in a misleading way to clients of victims’ companies whose contact information was stolen during the attack.
To carry out the attacks, Tyurin used a computer infrastructure located on five continents that he remotely controlled, and was allegedly present in the networks of hacked companies for a long period of time in order to periodically download and update data from companies.
“After his hacking activities were discovered, Tyurin cooperated with Chalon in order to destroy the evidence of their criminal activity and undermine the efforts of American institutions to identify and arrest them,” the American authorities stated.
Tyurin pleaded guilty in September 2019. Georgia extradited him to the United States in September 2018, and he has been in custody since then.
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