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Russian Hacker Gets Suspended Sentence, Fine for ATM Scheme

A Russian hacker was handed a six-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to participating in a worldwide computer hacking scheme that withdrew $9 million from automated teller machines.

Viktor Pleshchuk, 28, received a reduced sentence, which includes four years of probation, according to prosecutors. He agreed to provide information about other hackers who cracked a computer system at RBS WorldPay Inc, the U.S. payment-processing division of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, and cloning ATM cards, according to his lawyer, Yuriy Novolodsky. He was also ordered to pay more than 275 million rubles ($8.9 million) to WorldPay Inc.