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Russian hacker accused of historic data theft will face trial in U.S.

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A prolific Russian hacker who allegedly targeted American financial institutions, brokerage firms, financial news publishers and other companies has been arrested, extradited and will face trial in the United States.

The Secret Service, FBI and U.S. Attorney's office today announced Andrei Tyurin, 35, was arrested in the country of Georgia on nine hacking and fraud-related charges and is expected to face a U.S. District Court in New York Sept. 25 before Judge Laura Taylor Swain. Tyurin arrived in New York Sept. 7.

From 2012 to 2015, Tyurin is alleged to have participated in an extensive hacking campaign that included the theft of personal information of more than 80 million customers from an unnamed U.S. financial institution and to have illegally obtained hundreds of millions of dollars.

"As alleged, his illegal acts included the historically largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution," said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office William F. Sweeney Jr.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman added that the extradition "marks a significant milestone for law enforcement in the fight against cyber intrusions targeting our critical financial institutions."

Tyurin is also accused of attempting to artificially inflate publicly traded U.S. stocks and conducting cyberattacks against both American and foreign companies.

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Chase Gunter is a staff writer covering civilian agencies, workforce issues, health IT, open data and innovation.

Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record. He started at FCW as an editorial fellow before joining the team full-time as a reporter.

Gunter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where his emphases were English, history and media studies.

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