June 18, 2013
Turkish courts hands out 30 years to hacking godfather

Remember that big TJ Max hacking news that broke a few years ago? Well apparently the man responsible for selling off all of that data has been sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison. Unfortunately though his prison time has nothing to do with the TJ Max affair; or other US hacking attacks on businesses that the Justice Department believes he is responsible. the sentence handed out by the Turkish court has to do with hack attacks on a number of banks in Turkey.

Maksym Yastremski is alleged to be the notorious "Maksik" who is well known in the hacking underground as one of the top online sellers of stolen credit and debit card information. US Prosecutors in an unsealed indictment alleged that Yastremski earned more than $11 million in his sales of stolen data in the period of 2004 to 2006.

He is further alleged to have worked with Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez of Miami where Gonzalez served as Yastremski's stateside hacker. Along with two other people Gonzalez allegedly hacked into TJX and other companies and scooped up at least 40 million credit and debit cards.

One down and a few thousand hackers to go eh.

[hat tip to Threat Level]