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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Surgut Hacker Arrested

A 20-year-old Russian hacker has been arrested after allegedly breaking into the computer network of a New York bank and extorting money in exchange for not releasing sensitive customer information, Moscow police said Wednesday.

On Jan. 15, police detained the man in Surgut, said Olga Dumalkina, a Moscow police spokeswoman. Police said a bank in New York state paid him $10,000 to a bank in Surgut, but estimated he caused $250,000 in damages. The suspect faces up to 17 years in jail.