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Three Employees of Chinese Internet Security Firm Charged with Computer Hacking, Theft of Trade Secrets, Conspiracy, and Identity Theft Affecting Three Corporate Victims

On November 27, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Soo C. Song, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division Robert Johnson announced the unsealing of an indictment charging three Chinese nationals with computer hacking, theft of trade secrets, conspiracy, and identity theft from 2011 to May 2017.  The indictment charged these three individuals, employed by the ... Continue Reading

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Iranian National for Conducting Cyber Attack and a Multimillion-Dollar Extortion Scheme

On November 21, 2017, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Behzad Mesri for his involvement in a fraudulent scheme to obtain unauthorized access to the computer systems of Home Box Office, Inc. (“HBO”) to steal proprietary information and to obtain $6 million worth of Bitcoin from HBO through extortion.  According to the government, Mesri is an Iran-based computer hacker who, at certain times, has been a member of ... Continue Reading

Day Trader Indicted in Computer Hacking and Securities Fraud Scheme Targeting Online Brokerage Accounts

On November 8, 2017, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned a four-count indictment charging Pennsylvania resident Joseph P. Willner with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and computer intrusions, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  According to the indictment, Willner and others conspired to hack into the online brokerage accounts of numerous victims and to place unauthorized trades in those accounts between September 2014 and May 2017.  Willner ... Continue Reading

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at Cybersecurity Summits

In October 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein addressed attendees at three cybersecurity summits: the Cambridge Cyber Summit, the Global Cyber Security Summit, and the 2017 North American International Cyber Summit.  At all three conferences, Rosenstein focused on three areas: (1) the “scope of the cybersecurity threat” that confronts the United States, (2) the challenges the government faces in countering these threats, and (3) the “ways that law enforcement can help, before, during, and ... Continue Reading

Russian Cyber-Criminal Pled Guilty for Participation in Cybercrime Ring That Caused Losses of $50 Million in Online Identity Theft

On September 8, 2017, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev pled guilty in separate criminal actions in the District of Nevada and the Northern District of Georgia to one count of participation in a racketeering enterprise and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for his role in an identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “”  Seleznev admitted that, as part of the crime ring, he sold stolen credit card account data and other ... Continue Reading

Man Who Laundered Millions from Massive Computer Hacking and Telecommunications Fraud Scheme Gets 48 Months in Prison

On June 28, 2017, Muhammad Sohail Qasmani was sentenced to 48 months in prison in connection with a scheme to launder more than $19.6 million as part of a global computer hacking and telecommunications fraud scheme.  According to the documents filed in this and related cases, Noor Aziz of Karachi, Pakistan, allegedly led a scheme to  access without authorization the computer systems that ran the internal telephone networks of numerous businesses and organizations in the ... Continue Reading

Florida Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 18 Months In Prison for Attempting to Gain Unauthorized Access and Cause Damage to the Computer Network of a Charitable Organization

On June 12, 2017, Timothy Sedlak was sentenced to 18 months in prison for attempting to gain unauthorized access to the computer network of a global, New York-based charitable organization (the “Organization”) and, in doing so, causing damage to the Organization’s computers.  According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court proceedings, from June 2015 to July 2015, computers associated with Sedlak’s residence in Florida made nearly 400,000 attempts to gain ... Continue Reading

Chicago Trader Sentenced to a Year in Federal Prison for Stealing Proprietary Trading Secrets from His Employer

On June 5, 2017, David J. Newman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing his employer’s proprietary trading code, a sentence he received in addition to a $100,000 fine and an order prohibiting him from using or disclosing the stolen trade secrets.  Over the course of five months, Newman downloaded and stole all of the proprietary computer code and trading software that belonged to his employer, WH Trading LLC, and ... Continue Reading

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the Emerging Frauds in the Digital Age Conference

On May 23, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein addressed attendees at the Emerging Frauds in the Digital Age Conference, focusing in particular on some specific ways technological advancements have offered both “new investment vehicles to stimulate the economy and bring economic growth” as well as “new avenues for criminals to engage in larger, more devastating fraud schemes and to avoid detection.”  Rosenstein first discussed new opportunities and problems presented by unregulated online “crowdfunding,” which ... Continue Reading

Hacker Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Role in Largest Known Computer Hacking and Securities Fraud Scheme

On May 22, 2017, Vadym Iermolovych, a Ukrainian hacker, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $3,004,685.06 in restitution for his involvement in a conspiracy to hack into three business newswires and gain early access to press releases containing non-public financial information about hundreds of companies, including Hewlett Packard, Home Depot, and Panera Bread Co.  Iermolovych previously pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, ... Continue Reading

Software Engineer Charged with Attempting to Steal Proprietary Trading Code from His Employer

On April 13, 2017, Dmitry Sazonov was charged with attempted theft of trade secrets for his alleged attempted theft of proprietary computer code for a trading platform from his employer, a financial services firm with an office in New York.  According to the complaint, Sazonov allegedly took various steps to attempt to steal proprietary code in advance of a February 3, 2017 meeting with a supervisor about the future of his role at the firm.  ... Continue Reading

Computer Engineer Arrested for Theft of Proprietary Trading Code from His Employer

On April 7, 2017, Zhengquan Zhang was charged with theft of trade secrets for his alleged theft of trading code associated with proprietary algorithmic trading models from his employer, a global financial services company in New York, and was arrested in Santa Clara, California.  According to the complaint, Zhang took steps to steal the code between December 2016 and March 2017, including installing code to identify encryption keys to gain access to the proprietary code, ... Continue Reading

Man Indicted for Theft of Over $100 Million in Fraudulent Email Scheme Against Multinational Internet Companies

On March 21, 2017, criminal charges were announced against Evaldas Rimasauskas of Lithuania in connection with a fraudulent business email compromise scheme that induced two U.S.-based internet companies—a multinational technology company and a multinational online social media company (the “Victim Companies”)—to wire over $100 million to bank accounts that he controlled.  Rimasauskas was arrested by authorities in Lithuania.  According to the indictment, from at least 2013 through 2015, Rimasauskas orchestrated a scheme in which he ... Continue Reading

Former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of China Medical Technologies Indicted in Connection with Securities Fraud Scheme

On March 20, 2017, an indictment charging Xiaodong Wu, the founder, CEO and Board Chairman of China Medical Technologies, Inc. (China Medical), and Tak Yung Samson Tsang, the CFO and a member of the Board of Directors of China Medical, with securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud was unsealed in the Eastern District of New York.  According to the indictment, Wu and Tsang allegedly defrauded China Medical’s noteholders and investors ... Continue Reading

Former Chairman and CEO of Credit Union and Operator of Unlawful Bitcoin Exchange Convicted at Trial in Connection with Bribery and Fraud Scheme

On March 17, 2017, Trevon Gross, the former Chairman and CEO of HOPE FCU, a federal credit union in New Jersey with primarily low-income members, and Yuri Lebedev, a former employee of, an unlawful internet-based Bitcoin exchange, were found guilty after a four-week jury trial, in connection with a bribery scheme to gain control of HOPE FCU and a fraud scheme to evade detection of  Between 2013 and July 2015, Lebedev and his ... Continue Reading

U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking Yahoo and Millions of Email Accounts

On March 15, 2017, four defendants, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), were indicted in the Northern District of California for computer fraud, economic espionage, and other criminal offenses in connection with a conspiracy to access Yahoo’s network and the contents of Yahoo webmail accounts.  The defendants are Russian nationals Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin and Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, and Canadian national Karim Baratov.  According to the indictment, Dokuchaev and ... Continue Reading

Leader of Three Worldwide Cyberattacks Sentenced to 8 Years for Computer Intrusion and Access Device Fraud Conspiracies

On February 10, 2017, Ercan Findikoglu, a Turkish citizen, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to computer intrusion conspiracy, access device fraud conspiracy, and effecting transactions with unauthorized access devices in connection with his role in three cyberattacks on the global financial system between 2011 and 2013 that caused more than $55 million in losses.  According to the plea agreement, Findikoglu and his co-conspirators hacked into the systems of credit and ... Continue Reading

Man Pleads Guilty in connection with Operating Unlawful Bitcoin Exchange

On January 9, 2017, Anthony Murgio pled guilty to charges related to operating, an unlawful Internet-based Bitcoin exchange that Murgio used to process more than $10 million in illegal Bitcoin transactions.  According to the Superseding Indictment and statements made during court proceedings, Murgio operated between 2013 and July 2015.  Murgio and his co-conspirators used a phony front company, “Collectables Club,” in order to avoid detection of the Bitcoin exchange.  Murgio used Collectables Club ... Continue Reading

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest of Macau Resident and Unsealing of Charges against Three Individuals for Insider Trading Based on Information Hacked from Prominent U.S. Law Firms

On December 25, 2016, Iat Hong, a resident of Macau, was arrested in Hong Kong and is now pending extradition proceedings in connection with an alleged scheme to trade on material, nonpublic information obtained through hacks of multiple prominent U.S.-based international law firms.  On December 27, 2016, a thirteen count indictment against Hong and two alleged co-conspirators, Bo Zheng and Chin Hung, was unsealed in the SDNY.  According to the indictment, the defendants successfully obtained ... Continue Reading

Man Charged with Massive Computer Hacking Crimes against U.S. Financial Institutions Arrested

On December 14, 2016, Joshua Samuel Aaron, a United States citizen who had been residing in Russia, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in connection with a massive computer hacking scheme.  Aaron and Gery Shalon were charged in November 2015 with orchestrating hacking crimes against U.S. financial institutions, brokerage firms, and financial news publishers.  According to the superseding indictment, Aaron and Shalon stole personal information from more than 100 million customers of the ... Continue Reading

Man Arrested for Scheme to Steal Over $1.5 Million from Financial Institution

On October 26, 2016, Dwayne C. Hans was arrested on wire fraud, computer fraud and money laundering charges.  According to the complaint, Hans misappropriated $134,000 from the corporate bank accounts of a U.S. financial institution by posing as an authorized representative of the institution.   Hans also accessed a website operated by the U.S. General Services Administration, where information about companies that provide services to the federal government is stored.  Hans replaced the bank account information ... Continue Reading

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell Delivers Remarks at New York University Center for Cybersecurity

On September 20, 2016, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell spoke at the New York University Center for Cybersecurity on how technology has enabled cyber criminals and the current limitations on the Justice Department’s response to cybercrime.  Caldwell began discussing the similarities and differences between cybercrime criminal enterprises and the more traditional organized crime groups such as La Cosa Nostra in New York City.  Caldwell noted that two recent successful enforcement efforts against cyber criminals— ... Continue Reading

Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Hacking Senior U.S. Government Officials

On September 8, 2016, Andrew Otto Boggs, aka “INCURSIO,” and Justin Gray Liverman, aka “D3F4ULT,” were arrested on charges related to their alleged roles in hacking the computer files of several senior U.S. government officials and U.S. government computer systems.  The complaint filed in the Eastern District of Virginia alleges that Boggs and Liverman conspired with members of a hacking group that called itself “Crackas With Attitude,” and used “social engineering” hacking techniques to gain ... Continue Reading

Romanian Hacker “Guccifer” Sentenced to Prison

On September 1, 2016, Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, aka “Guccifer,” was sentenced to 52 months in prison for unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.  Lazar unlawfully accessed email and social media accounts of approximately 100 Americans, including a former U.S. Cabinet member and a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In many instances, Lazar publicly released private email correspondence, medical and financial information, and personal photographs obtained ... Continue Reading