Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sexiest hacker appears in court

World's 'sexiest computer hacker' appears in court charged with $3m computer scam

Last updated at 10:29 PM on 13th October 2010
Staring alluringly into the camera with dazzling blue eyes and a rather daring outfit is the Russian student accused of a plot to defraud British and U.S. banks of millions.
Kristina Svechinskaya, 21, has been dubbed the ‘world’s sexiest computer hacker’ after being charged with being part of a gang aiming to steal $220million (£139million).
In leather boots and skin-tight jeans, she wept during her court appearance. Today, she is due in court again, charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and false use of passports.
Kristina Svechinskaya
World's sexiest computer hacker: Kristina Svechinskaya is accused of using the Zeus Trojan software to attack thousands of people's accounts
If convicted, she could be jailed for up to 40 years.
In total, 37 people have been accused in New York over an East European-based plan to use an Internet virus to siphon money from the online accounts of small businesses and individuals.

Svechinskaya was one of four students at New York University said to have acted as ‘money mules’ by opening hundreds of accounts.
Prosecutors claim she opened at least five bank accounts, which received $35,000 (£22,000) of the stolen money.
British police are also investigating the fraud and arrested 11 Eastern Europeans in Essex last month.

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