US Sentences Russian National Behind JPMorgan Hack to 12 Years

A federal court in New York has sentenced a Russian hacker to 144 months prison time for his role in one of the largest data theft cases in U.S. history. 

Amid this litany of criminal activities, Tyurin also ran an extensive online gambling service and illegal payment processing system. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)Amid this litany of criminal activities, Tyurin also ran an extensive online gambling service and illegal payment processing system. (Photo: David Whelan, Wikimedia, License)Russian national Andrei Tyurin was convicted on charges of computer intrusion, wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal online gambling, partly relating to his role in a scheme to steal the personal data of more than 83 million customers at JP Morgan Chase, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Thursday.  

“From his home in Moscow, Andrei Tyurin played a major role in orchestrating and facilitating an international hacking campaign that included one of the largest thefts of U.S. customer data from a single financial institution in history,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, said. 

Prosecutors noted that Tyurin did not act alone, and that he had worked under the command of Gery Shalon, who also played a senior role in several other criminal schemes, including a securities fraud racket. 

“The conspiracy targeted major financial institutions, brokerage firms, news agencies, and other companies, and netted Tyurin over US$19 million,” Strauss said, adding that the enterprise had earned Tyurin’s co-conspirators hundreds of millions more in criminal proceeds.

Amid this litany of criminal activities, conducted between 2007 and 2015, Tyurin also ran an extensive online gambling service and illegal payment processing system. 

Though he worked from Moscow, Tyurin has been in federal custody since he was extradited to the U.S. from Georgia in 2018. 

In addition to his 12 year prison sentence, the court also ordered that Tyurin would have to forfeit his illegally-acquired, multi-million dollar personal fortune.