RUSSIAN CRACKER PAYS THE PIPER

A Russian cracker lured to the United States with a job prospect in April 2001 has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $690,000 in restitution. Vasily Gorshkov, 27, was convicted of 20 counts of conspiracy, fraud and related computer crimes. The computer programmer and his colleague, Aleksei Ivanov, were arrested after FBI agents set up a fictitious company and invited the two Russians to Seattle to demonstrate their hacking skills. The two were suspected of gaining remote control of U.S. systems from computers based in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Ivanov is awaiting sentencing.

Of course, they don’t explain why it was legal for our people, operating computers in the US, to break Russian laws to catch him, but not legal for him to break US laws while operating computers in Russian.

Seems slightly inconsistent there…

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