Three members of “Fin7”, a billion dollar notorious hacking group arrested by FBI
Members of “Fin7 are notorious for stealing credit and debit cards details
London, August 4, 2018 (AltAfrika)– Three high-ranking members of a sophisticated international cyber-crime group operating out of Eastern Europe have been arrested and are currently in custody facing charges filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
The three Ukrainian nationals Dmytro Fedorov, 44, Fedir Hladyr, 33, and Andrii Kolpakov, 30, are members of a prolific hacking group widely known as FIN7 (also referred to as the Carbanak Group and the Navigator Group, among other names).
FBI says FIN7 members engaged in a highly sophisticated malware campaign to attack more than 100 U.S. companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gaming, and hospitality industries since 2015
As set forth in the indictments, FIN7 hacked into thousands of computer systems and stole millions of customers credit and debit card numbers which were used or sold for profit.
In the United States alone, going by records available to AltAfrica.com, FIN7 successfully breached the computer networks of businesses in 47 states and the District of Columbia, stealing more than 15 million customer card records from over 6,500 individual point-of-sale terminals at more than 3,600 separate business locations.
Additional intrusions occurred abroad, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, and France. Companies that have publicly disclosed hacks attributable to FIN7 include such familiar chains as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili’s, Arby’s, Red Robin and Jason’s Deli.
Also in Western Washington FIN7 targeted the Emerald Queen Casino (EQC) and other local businesses.
According to the U.S. Attorney, Annette L. Hayes, “Protecting consumers and companies who use the internet to conduct business – both large chains and small ‘mom and pop’ stores — is a top priority for the Department of Justice.
“Cyber criminals who believe that they can hide in faraway countries and operate from behind keyboards without getting caught are just plain wrong. We will continue our longstanding work with partners around the world to ensure cyber criminals are identified and held to account for the harm that they do – both to our pocketbooks and our ability to rely on the cyber networks we use”, he said.
Each of the three FIN7 conspirators is charged with 26 felony counts ranging from conspiracy, wire fraud, computer hacking, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
In January 2018, at the request of U.S. officials, foreign authorities separately arrested Ukrainian Fedir Hladyr and a second FIN7 member, Dmytro Fedorov.
Hladyr was arrested in Dresden, Germany, and is currently detained in Seattle pending trial.
Hladyr allegedly served as FIN7’s systems administrator who, among other things, maintained servers and communication channels used by the organization and held a managerial role by delegating tasks and by providing instruction to other members of the scheme. Hladyr’s trial is currently scheduled for October 22, 2018.
Fedorov, a high-level hacker and manager who allegedly supervised other hackers tasked with breaching the security of victims’ computer systems, was arrested in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Fedorov remains detained in Poland pending his extradition to the United States.
In late June 2018, foreign authorities arrested a third FIN7 member, Ukrainian Andrii Kolpakov in Lepe, Spain. Kolpakov, also is alleged to be a supervisor of a group of hackers, remains detained in Spain pending the United States’ request for extradition.