A Russian citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a computer hacking scheme that compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Vladimir Drinkman, 37, was sentenced by before U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle in Camden, New Jersey federal court. Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2012 and extradited to the United States in February 2015. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to illegally access computers and conspiring to commit wire fraud in September 2015. Prosecutors said he was part of a hacking scheme as far back as 2003 in which he helped install “sniffers” designed to comb through and steal data from computer networks of financial companies, payment processors and retailers. He then used an array of computers to store and ultimately sell data collected, fetching $10 to $50 apiece for credit card numbers depending on country of origin.
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