Romanian Faces Hacking Charges in NJ

Friday, March 27, 2015 @ 05:03 PM gHale


A Romanian man ended up extradited to the United States where he will face charges of overseeing a computer hacking plan where he obtained at least several thousand user names, passwords and credit and debit card numbers, the U.S. Attorney said.

Mircea-Ilie Ispasoiu, 29, who was a computer systems administrator for a Romanian bank, ended up arrested in Romania in November by the U.S. Secret Service and law enforcement in the Eastern European country. A Romanian court approved extradition in January and law enforcement officials brought Ispasoiu to the United States last Friday, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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Between August 2011 and February 2014, Ispasoiu breached the computer systems of retailers, medical offices and security companies as well as hacking individuals’ online accounts, authorities said. Ispasoiu obtained 10,000 credit and debit card numbers from just one victim alone, Fishman’s office said.

He faces charges of wire fraud, unauthorized computer access to obtain information, unauthorized access causing damage and aggravated identity theft. If found guilty on all counts Ispasoiu could face over 30 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.



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