Russian hacker sentenced to 3 years

Monday, 7 October 2002, 12:15 AM EST

A Russian man snared in an FBI scheme to catch computer hackers has been sentenced to three years in prison for convictions on 20 counts of conspiracy, fraud and related computer crimes.

Vasily Gorshkov, 27, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to pay restitution of nearly $700,000 for losses he caused to Speakeasy Network of Seattle, and the online credit card payment company PayPal of Palo Alto, Calif., U.S. Attorney John McKay said Friday.

Gorshkov was one of two men from his home town persuaded to travel to the United States as part of an FBI probe into Russian computer intrusions directed at Internet Service Providers, e-commerce sites and online banks in the United States.

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