Secret Service nabs ‘most-wanted’ computer hacker

The Secret Service’s financial crimes branch just notched a major victory by nabbing the most-wanted computer hacker in the world, a Turkish man accused of running a global operation to hack automated teller machines.

Ercan Findikoglu, 33, is set to be arraigned Wednesday in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York. U.S. officials successfully extradited him from a German prison after years of negotiations and a legal battle over his release and transfer to U.S. authorities.

Findikoglu allegedly organized criminal operations using hacked debit cards, including one that stole $40 million in cash from ATMs in the span of just 10 hours in February 2013 in New York City and 23 other countries. He used hacked bank debit cards, removing their balance limits, to trigger ATMs to freely release the cash.

He was nabbed after traveling to Frankfurt, Germany, to buy his Russian wife a new car. The Secret Service spent years looking for Findikoglu in 26 countries, combing through computers and more than 100,000 emails.

“This case, yet again, demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling an important part of our integrated mission; that of protecting our nation’s critical financial infrastructure,” said Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy. “The determination and skill of our cyberinvestigators, coupled with the partnerships we have created with our international law enforcement colleagues, should send a strong message to cybercriminals around the world.”

Source: Washington Examiner

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