Newark, New Jersey- 25 July 2013


1. Wide of Fishman walking into news conference

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Fishman, US Attorney for New Jersey

"The conspirators in this criminal enterprise breached the computer networks of at least 17 major retailers, financial institutions and payment processors and obtained more than 160 million credit and debit card numbers. They then sold those card numbers to individuals who ultimately used them to cause losses of at least 300 million dollars. And that by the way is our conservative estimate of the losses, the amount we have confirmed so far."

3. Wide of Fishman talking to reporter

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Fishman, US Attorney for New Jersey

"The hackers and their associated orchestrated 17 major data breaches including intrusions into the networks of Nasdaq, 7-11, JC Penney, Heartland Payment Systems and several major payment processors such as Euronet Worldwide and Global Payment."

5. Mid of Fishman and associate


The US attorney in New Jersey says a small group of hackers conservatively acquired more than 160 million credit and debit card numbers and sold them to resellers around the world.

Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that over seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations.

Indictments were announced Thursday in Newark, where U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman called the case the largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

The victims in a scheme that allegedly ran from 2005 until last year included the electronic stock exchange Nasdaq; 7-Eleven Inc.; JCPenney Co.; the New England supermarket chain Hannaford Brothers Co.; JetBlue; Heartland Payment Systems Inc., one of the world's largest credit and debit processing companies, French retailer Carrefour S.A., and the Belgium bank Dexia Bank Belgium.

The indictment says the suspects sent each other instant messages as they took control of the corporate data, telling each other, for instance: "NASDAQ is owned."

At least one man told others that he used Google news alerts to learn whether his hacks had been discovered, according to the court filing.

The defendants were identified as Russians Vladimir Drinkman, Aleksander Kalinin, Roman Kotov and Dmitriy Smilianets, and Ukrainian Mikhail Rytikov.

Authorities say one suspect is in the Netherlands and another is due to appear in U.S. District Court in New Jersey next week.

The whereabouts of the three others were not immediately clear.