Russian Talent Turning to Cyber Crime
Anastasia Ustinova writes in The New Zealand Herald:
The US Department of Justice said it might have been the most sophisticated computer fraud.
For Viktor Pleshchuk, it was the chance to buy a brand new BMW and an apartment in his hometown of St Petersburg.
The 29-year-old last month pleaded guilty to participating in a worldwide hacking scheme that led to the illegal withdrawal of more than US$9 million ($12 million) from cash machines worldwide operated by RBS WorldPay, the US payment-processing division of Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
The conviction shed light on a growing trend from Russia.
Just as President Dmitry Medvedev seeks to persuade investors his country is a safe place, more technology graduates are turning to cybercrime.