Incident Response, TDR

U.S. and Russia both look to extradite hacker

The United States and Russia have each filed competing extradition requests aimed at a hacker that was allegedly involved in a high-profile cyber crime ring.

Vladimir Drinkman, currently in custody in the Netherlands following an arrest in June 28, 2012, was charged last July for his alleged involvement in the ring which successfully targeted a slew of companies including payment processor Heartland Payment Systems, Visa and JetBlue Airways, as well as retailers 7-Eleven and J.C. Penney among others.

According to a recent report by Bloomberg, a spokesman at the Dutch public prosecutor's office said that a Rotterdam court ruled the requests from both countries to be “admissible.”

While it's not clear why Russia is seeking Drinkman's extradition, a minister of justice will decide which country he'll ultimately end up in.

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