Government Endorses Extradition of Alleged Cyber Fraudster

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3/15/2012 12:28 PM

The government on Thursday endorsed the extradition to the US of an Estonian citizen suspected of cyber fraud.

The US Justice Department submitted a request for the extradition of Anton Ivanov last December. Harju County Court sanctioned the extradition in January.

The man is suspected of conspiring with a group allegedly led by Vladimir Tshashtshin, who has a past conviction for online credit card fraud.

Estonian police arrested Tshashtshin, Ivanov, and four other men last November as part of the FBI's Operation Ghost Click, on charges of "click hijacking fraud." One person remains at large in Russia.

At least 4 million computers in 100 countries were infected, including the US air and space agency NASA's computers.

AFP reported that the suspects face five counts each of computer intrusion and wire fraud, which can draw five to 30 years in prison, and Tshashtshin faces 22 additional counts of money laundering.


Ott Tammik

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