Vladimir Drinkman in the court of The Hague January 13, 2015. Snapshot of Jerry Lampen, AFP
The district court in the American city of Kadmen announced sentences to the Russians Vladimir Drinkman and Dmitry Smilians, who in 2015 pleaded guilty to the hacker attack, which the US authorities “the largest in the history of the country.”
Despite the fact that Drinkman and Smilians are in the same case, they received different sentences. Drinkman was sentenced to 12 years, and Smilianets received four years, 31 months and 21 days. He had already served this sentence, being under arrest – he was released in the courtroom.
As noted by RIA Novosti, the court did not explain why such a punishment is connected. Judge Jerome Simandle (Jerome Simandle) stated that this was done in “law enforcement interests” and did not explain whether the defendants were concluding cooperation with the authorities.
Drinkman and Smilian were extradited to the United States from the Netherlands in 2013, after being arrested. In 2015, they pleaded guilty to involvement in a fraudulent scheme. According to US authorities, hackers for seven years – from 2005 to 2012 – penetrated the computer networks of large companies, they hacked more than 16 companies and stole 160 million credit and debit card numbers. Among the victims in the organizations were the NASDAQ exchange, the JetBlue airline, the Visa Jordan electronic payment provider and the 7-Eleven trading network. According to the authorities, apart from Smilyans and Drinkman, Alexander Kalinin, Roman Kotov and Ukrainian Mikhail Rytikov participated in the trials.