Computer Hacker Pleads Guilty In Credit, Debit Card Scheme

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 27-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty Friday to being part of an international conspiracy to steal account information from major banks in the United States in order to steal money from ATMs all over the world.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Qendrim Dobruna admitted to hacking into the systems of J.P. Morgan Chase, which processed transactions by the American Red Cross.

The scheme stole money intended to aid disaster victims. It affected 15,000 ATMs in 17 countries, and a total of $14 million was stolen within just two days.

In a plea deal with the government, Dobruna will be sentenced to nine years in prison, rather than the 30 years he could have faced if he’d been convicted at trial.

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