Hacker From Russian Crime Group Jailed In Multi-Million Dollar Global Blackmail Conspiracy

A 24-year-old cyber criminal, who blackmailed computer users worldwide has been jailed for six years for his role with what U.K. investigators described as one of most sophisticated cyber crime groups they have ever investigated.

An investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA), the UK’s agency to stop serious organized crime, found that Zain Qaiser, was member of an international, Russian-speaking crime group that made huge profits from victims in more than 20 countries. Qaiser, a computer science student from London, received at least $900,00 from the group for his role.

The crime agency worked with its partners in the US, Canada and Europe in this “extremely long-running, complex cyber-crime investigation.” The F.B.I. and the U.S. Secret Service also arrested people in relation to the campaign. Nigel Leary, NCA Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This was one of the most sophisticated, serious and organized cyber crime groups the National Crime Agency has ever investigated.”

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