US cyber-thief gets 20-year jail term

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Hacker typing on a laptopA twenty-two-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in what authorities say is an unprecedented criminal case involving an international cybercrime syndicate with hundreds of thousands of U.S. victims. In addition, he has been ordered to pay $20m (£11.9m) in damages.

A federal judge in Las Vegas imposed the sentence Thursday on David Camez, who already is serving a seven-year term in Arizona for similar crimes.

Camez, who was convicted of racketeering charges late last year, is the first of 55 members of the Las Vegas-based “” syndicate to go to trial. They were charged in four separate indictments in 2012.

About 20 defendants have pleaded guilty. Of the handful who have been sentenced so far, all have drawn only two years in prison. Two dozen defendants, including the group’s Russian leaders Roman Zolotarev and Konstantin Lopatin, are still at large, authorities said.

The case marks the first time the Justice Department has used federal racketeering statutes to go after a cybercrime syndicate

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