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Ukrainian Sentenced for Trafficking in Hacked Financial Information

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs
$31 Million Estimated Loss to Victims’ Online Banking Accounts and Credit Cards

A Ukrainian national was sentenced today to six years in prison for trafficking stolen financial information obtained through computer hacking.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Brian J. Ebert of the U.S. Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

According to court documents, Ruslan Yeliseyev, 42, of Odessa, Ukraine, made his living selling stolen financial information on underground Russian-speaking criminal websites.  The information that Yeliseyev sold, which had been stolen from approximately 40,000 hacked computers, included over 62,000 credit card numbers as well as usernames and passwords to victims’ online banking accounts.  Yeliseyev was arrested while vacationing in Israel in 2016 and subsequently extradited to the United States. 

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service.  The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in the extradition.  Trial Attorney Andrew Pak of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer of the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case.

Updated August 24, 2018

Press Release Number: 18-1103