Turkish hacker behind cyber heists gets 8 years in U.S. prison

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 1:44 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish hacker was sentenced to eight years in a U.S. prison on Tuesday for his role as one the masterminds behind three cyber attacks that enabled $55 million to be siphoned from automated teller machines globally.

Ercan Findikoglu, who went by the online nicknames "Segate," "Predator," and "Oreon," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn after pleading guilty last March to computer intrusion conspiracy and other charges.

Prosecutors said Findikoglu, 35, was a leader in one of the most successful bank heists in history, which allowed for the simultaneous withdrawal of tens of millions of dollars after hackers infiltrated credit and debit card processing companies.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)