Three Leaders of Europe Cybercrime Group Arrested for 15M Credit Card Theft

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Three top leaders of the sophisticated cybercrime group FIN7, operating out of Eastern Europe, have been arrested on charges of stealing 15 million credit card records by hacking such U.S. companies as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chili’s, and Arby’s, Justice Department officials said Wednesday.

Dmytro Fedorov, 44, Fedir Hladyr, 33, and Andrii Kopakov, 30, all Ukrainian nationals, are each charged with 26 felony counts alleging conspiracy, wire fraud, computer hacking, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski.

Fedorov was arrested in Poland, where he awaits extradition, while Hladyr was taken into custody in Germany in January, and Kolpakov in Spain in June.

According to federal indictments unsealed Wednesday, FIN7 has operated since 2015, engaging in a highly sophisticated malware campaign targeting more than 100 U.S. companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gaming, and hospitality industries.

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