SysAdmin of Billion-Dollar Hacking Group Gets 10-Year Sentence

The US Department of Justice announced on Friday that a high-level manager and system administrator had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for being associated with the FI7 threat actor.

Fader Hladir, a 35-year-old Ukrainian citizen, is said to have played a key role in a criminal scheme that compromised millions of debits and credit cards, in addition to collecting stolen information, monitoring other members of the group. And maintaining the server infrastructure that Fin7 attacked and controlled the victims’ machines.

Vikas Haadal arrives after plotting computer hacking in September 2019 after he was convicted for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit conspiracy. He was arrested in Dresden, Germany in 2018 and extradited to the city of Seattle, USA. Hladyr has also been ordered to pay $ 2.5 million in restitution.

Acting US Attorney Tessa said, “There were over 70 people in business units and teams in this criminal organization. Some were hackers, others developed malware installed on computers, and still others produced malicious emails.” . Gorman.

“This defendant acted at the crossroads of all these activities and thus assumed a heavy responsibility for billions for the losses suffered by companies and individual consumers.”

Also known as Anunak, Carbanak Group and Navigator Group, the malware campaign run by Fin7 has caused more than $ 3 billion in damage to banks, merchants, card companies and consumers.

The attacks included sending spear-phishing emails containing Dicoy documents with the goal of robbing customer payment card data to target the restaurant, gaming and hospitality industries, which were then used to profit in online underground markets since at least 2015. Used or sold.

In the US alone, Fin7 has been blamed for the theft of more than 20 million customer card records from over 6,500 individual point-of-sale terminals at over 6600 different business locations. U.S. In addition to this, the FIN7 Raiders left their fingerprints in a string of orchestras against retailers in the U.K., Australia and France. Some of its high-profile victims included Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chillies, RBees, Red Robin and Jason’s Deli.

Upon being sentenced, Haldir said that he had “wasted years of my life and put [his] family with great risk and conflict.”

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