Friday, June 11, 2010

3 Latvian Men to be Deported for Extortion Plot

An AP newswire article, via ABC Montana, reports:

Three Latvian men who pleaded guilty to receiving the proceeds of an extortion plot against a Great Falls investment firm will be deported.

U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell sentenced the men Thursday in Helena for their role in an attempt to extort $80,000 from Davidson Companies after the company's computer system was hacked into in late 2007 and early 2008.

Court records say a man demanded $80,000 in exchange for revealing security vulnerabilities and destroying any confidential information he obtained.

The Latvian men were charged with picking up wire transfers in the Netherlands and turning the money over to other people who purportedly were taking it to the suspected hacker, Robert Borko. The Latvian men have been in custody since February 2008. Borko remains at large.



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