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Three men who hacked U.S. computers from Romania have been sentenced to prison for a fraud scheme totaling more than $21 million, federal prosecutors in Georgia said Tuesday.
Sentences ranged from four years and three months to eight years and two months for the men, who all are from Ploiesti (ploy-ESH-tee), Romania, U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak of Atlanta said in a news release.
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"We are warning cyber-criminals no matter where they reside, that this office and our law-enforcement partners are committed to finding you, extraditing you to this district, and prosecuting you," Pak said.
A restitution hearing is scheduled Aug. 30 for Teodor Laurentiu Costea, 43, Robert Codrut Dumitrescu, 41, and Cosmin Draghici, 30. They were extradited last year and all pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of wire fraud conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, and aggravated identity theft, according to prosecutors' statement.
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It said they hacked computer servers, installing bulk emailing and interactive voice response software that tricked people into thinking they were dealing with their own banks so they would provide information such as account numbers, PINs and Social Security numbers.
Prosecutors say the compromised servers made thousands of...
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