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

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Turkish hacker was sentenced to eight years in a U.S. prison on Friday 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 in March to computer intrusion conspiracy and other charges. In what were called “unlimited operations,” hackers targeted databases those companies maintained for prepaid debit cards and effectively eliminated the card accounts’ withdrawal limits, prosecutors said.

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