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Another member of notorious cybercrime ring FIN7 is headed to jail after the gang breached major companies' networks across the US and stole more than $1 billion from these businesses' customers. Ukrainian-born Denys Iarmak, 32, who worked as a penetration tester for the criminal group, was sentenced to five years in prison …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pen Tester

    > who worked as a penetration tester for the criminal group, was sentenced to five years in prison for his affiliation with FIN7.

    Is Pen Tester really the the right title here? Feels wrong.

    If he was hitting mark's defences it's not really a test. Penetration Operative?

    From the later comments though, it sounds like he could also put "technical project manager" on his CV

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Was his 1st visit to the us when he was extradited?

    So this talented Ukrainian did consultancy work for an online criminal gang lasting from 2016 to 2018, effectively standing up a Jira server outside the US and coordinating the gangs online attacks.

    For his efforts he got handsomely compensated and on a trip to Thailand in 2019 he was arrested, held in custody until May 2020 when he was extradited to the US and then tried and sentenced within the last few weeks.

    He’s been in custody for what could be years.

    His activities causing financial harm to american citizens is abhorrent, but then so is having someone arrested in Thailand in 2019 and then not putting them on trial till early 2022.

    What if he was found innocent? - slim chance by the sounds of things but still why the wait?

    Regardless of who the person is they deserve a fair trial, locking someone up for 3 years before giving them a trial is not fair, it’s kidnapping.

    Democracy is not having third nations abduct people of interest to you and then leaving then in prison until such a time as you get round to ”judging” them in front of a jury.

    As I understand it the Taliban are into false trials & the us spent ~20 years and a trillion $ to try and stop them as their way of life and false trials was deemed abhorrent, yet the US is doing much the same albeit less publicly.

    It’s great he’s been stopped providing his skills to the criminal gangs, but the way he was stopped needs to be modernised and made less brutal.

    If the USA can do this to a single IT person, why can’t they do that to those that distribute drugs or csam or other harmful activities?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Was his 1st visit to the us when he was extradited?

      Wikipedia's page for the the 6th amendment to the US constitution says that "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial...". If a defendant's right to a speedy trial has been violated, then the indictment must be dismissed and any conviction overturned. However, a Supreme Court ruling on what an appropriate amout of time means for "ordinary street crime is considerably less than for a serious, complex conspiracy charge."

      If it has taken too long, then the defendant may be able to get the case dismissed. But he would have to convince one part of the US legal system that another part took too long, so...

      1. John Mcdonald

        Re: Was his 1st visit to the us when he was extradited?

        God forbid if it was a case of mistaken identity ...

  3. Ian Johnston Silver badge

    "There is some irony, that the nation you were plundering is now leading an international effort to protect your country, your people, your family," said Chief US District Judge Ricardo Martinez.

    From the article it appears that the crimes happened in America, but America seems to be doing SFA to help Ukraine, let alone "leading an international effort", probably because the Republican Party is firmly on Russia's side.

    1. johnfbw

      Shows how out of touch judges can be. He was effectively reprimanded because he was Ukrainian

      (and a criminal)

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