Russian Man Guilty of $9,6 Million Cyber Heist

A Russian man has admitted stealing more than $9.6 million from a former division of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sky News Online reports.

Yevgeny Anikin was part of an international hacking ring that copied the information of World Pay customers. The gang would then raise the maximum withdrawal limit on bank accounts before taking money from ATMs in Europe, Asia and the United States.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing a total of £6.2 million in 2008. With the proceeds, Anikin said he purchased two apartments in Siberia and a luxury car.

He has been under house arrest since he was detained in 2009.

In court, Anikin told the judge he had started to pay back the stolen funds, and asked for leniency.

“I want to say that I repent and fully admit my guilt,” he told the court.

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