Two skimmers convicted for fraud in hi-tech area for first time in Russia

A criminal case against suspected skimmers opened at a report by the Sberbank of Russia's Moscow division has been qualified as fraud in the high technology area for the first time in Russia, the bank said in a statement.

Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court recently sentenced Rim Sabitov and Nurbek Abdullayev to 1.5 years of prison each for "unsanctioned access to computer information."

Sabitov and Abdullayev were detained while installing unauthorized equipment on ATMs in October 2011.

Specialists from the bank's security service believe the conviction of the two men for "unsanctioned access to computer information" would serve as a good basis for banking information protection services' further work.

Skimming in Russia was earlier qualified as theft, which did not focus on specifics of this kind of fraud as organized activity of people aimed at stealing personal data and manufacturing forged plastic cards for serial withdrawal of money from accounts of compromised cards.

Based on information provided by the Sberbank of Russia's Moscow division, 32 criminal cases dealing with skimming have been opened since January 2011. Sentences have been handed down on two of these cases, two more are being heard in courts, and the rest are being investigated.

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