On December 3, 2020, the sentencing of the Russian hacker Andrei Tyurin should have taken place in New York. He is said to be a key accomplice of the Israeli mastermind Gery Shalon in the largest finance hack in U.S. history with more than 80 million stolen client data. For this, he is said to have received $19 million from Shalon. Tyurin was arrested in Georgia and extradited to the U.S. with the information provided by Shalon. The U.S. prosecutors ask the court for a prison-term between 15 to 20 years. Due to technical problems of the virtual court session, the sentencing had to be postponed, reports court reporter Matt Russell of the Inner City Press.
Is this just a strange irony or should one suspect more behind it? The CourtCall system in the court of the Southern District of New York breaks down just when the Russian hacker responsible for the largest financial hack attack on the U.S. is to be sentenced. That’s a bit embarrassing, isn’t it? The Russians will for sure have some fun with that.