Attacks/Breaches

2/18/2015
05:00 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
100%
0%

Russian Hacker Who Hit Heartland, NASDAQ, Extradited To US

Vladimir Drinkman, cohort of Albert Gonzalez, appears before US federal court after arrest and extradition by Dutch authorities.

A man alleged to be the network penetration specialist for the "largest international hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the US" appeared in federal court in Newark, N.J. Tuesday.

Pursuing Russian nationals for cybercrime charges is often difficult, because Russia rarely extradites its citizens. However, Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Syktyykar and Moscow, was extradited to the United States by Dutch authorities, who'd detained Drinkman since arresting him in June 2012 while he was traveling in the Netherlands.

Drinkman pleaded "not guilty" to all 11 charges. He will be held without bail until his trial, scheduled for April 27. 

In a federal indictment unsealed in July 2013, Drinkman and four others were charged with attacks on NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Carrefour, JCP, Hannaford, Heartland, Wet Seal, Commidea, Dexia, JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, Global Payment, Diners Singapore and Ingenicard. Court documents assert that the attackers stole identity information and more than 160 million credit card numbers, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

Drinkman "specialized in penetrating network security and gaining access to the corporate victims’ systems," usually via SQL injection exploits, according to the Department of Justice.

Drinkman was also charged in 2009 for his role in five other breaches, including the one at Heartland Payment Systems. He was charged as "Hacker 1," alongside Alexandr Kalinin, 26, of St. Petersburg, Russia (charged as "Hacker 2") and Albert Gonzalez of Miami.

Kalinin is still at large. Gonzalez is in federal prison, serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted in 2010 for his role in the TJX breach.

“Hackers often take advantage of international borders and differences in legal systems, hoping to evade extradition to face justice," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, in a statement. "This case and today's extradition demonstrates that through international cooperation, and through great teamwork between the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, we are able to bring cyber thieves to justice in the United States, wherever they may commit their crimes.”

“Drinkman’s extradition on the indictment this office brought more than a year and a half ago shows how relentlessly we will pursue those who are charged with these serious crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey.  “The incredibly sophisticated work with our partners at the U.S. Secret Service to uncover this enormous, far-reaching scheme demanded an equal effort by our colleagues at the Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington and our law enforcement partners overseas to bring the defendant back to face these charges.”

The ongoing investigation is being led by the U.S. Secret Service. The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division is leading the prosecution. The Dutch Ministry of Security and the Dutch National Police's National High-Tech Crime unit assisted with the case.

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
2/23/2015 | 4:52:03 PM
Re: Lucked out
Who knows, maybe the prosecution will get lucky and he'll turn evidence on his cohorts...
Whoopty
50%
50%
Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
2/19/2015 | 12:42:45 PM
Lucked out
Wow they lucked out that he left RU, as otherwise I couldn't ever see them getting ahold of him. 

I get the feeling this guy is in for a rough time though. They'll want to throw away the key on him to make a point. 
Crowdsourced vs. Traditional Pen Testing
Alex Haynes, Chief Information Security Officer, CDL,  3/19/2019
BEC Scammer Pleads Guilty
Dark Reading Staff 3/20/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
5 Emerging Cyber Threats to Watch for in 2019
Online attackers are constantly developing new, innovative ways to break into the enterprise. This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at five emerging attack trends and exploits your security team should look out for, along with helpful recommendations on how you can prevent your organization from falling victim.
Flash Poll
The State of Cyber Security Incident Response
The State of Cyber Security Incident Response
Organizations are responding to new threats with new processes for detecting and mitigating them. Here's a look at how the discipline of incident response is evolving.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-7715
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-26
An issue was discovered in the Interpeak IPCOMShell TELNET server on Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS 5.0.4. The main shell handler function uses the value of the environment variable ipcom.shell.greeting as the first argument to printf(). Setting this variable using the sysvar command results in a user-c...
CVE-2019-8981
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-26
tls1.c in Cameron Hamilton-Rich axTLS before 2.1.5 has a Buffer Overflow via a crafted sequence of TLS packets because the need_bytes value is mismanaged.
CVE-2019-10061
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-26
utils/find-opencv.js in node-opencv (aka OpenCV bindings for Node.js) prior to 6.1.0 is vulnerable to Command Injection. It does not validate user input allowing attackers to execute arbitrary commands.
CVE-2019-7711
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-26
An issue was discovered in the Interpeak IPCOMShell TELNET server on Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS 5.0.4. The undocumented shell command "prompt" sets the (user controlled) shell's prompt value, which is used as a format string input to printf, resulting in an information leak of memory addre...
CVE-2019-7712
PUBLISHED: 2019-03-26
An issue was discovered in handler_ipcom_shell_pwd in the Interpeak IPCOMShell TELNET server on Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS 5.0.4. When using the pwd command, the current working directory path is used as the first argument to printf() without a proper check. An attacker may thus forge a path contain...