A few years ago Casino Listings was victimized by a negative SEO attack, where the perpetrators linked our site to some of the most vile terms and articles on the internet. Today, one of the criminals who conducted the attack pleaded guilty to hacking mega-bank JP Morgan Chase.
Andrei Tyurin of Russia pleaded guilty to a series of hacks, including the one to JP Morgan, which resulted in the data of more than 80 million clients being leaked. He also admitted to hacks of the likes of Fidelity Investments, E-Trade Financial and Dow Jones and Co in which customer data was stolen and then used to market "pump and dump" penny stock scams. He was arrested last year while in transit through Georgia (in Europe) and then extradited to the United States where he was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, illegal online gambling, and hacking.
Tyurin struck a plea deal with prosecutors and will be facing a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison. His associate Gery Shalon, thought to be the ringleader behind the hacking scheme, still has his case pending. There have been reports that Shalon has likely turned snitch and is cooperating with authorities in their investigations into the links between Israeli and Russian organised crime. Shalon faces 23 separate charges that each carry potential jail terms of up to 20 years. Others have been found guilty or accepted plea deals in exchange for cooperation, including Joshua Samuel Aaron, Anthony Murgio, and Ziv Orenstein.
Among other criminal enterprises that included a shady Bitcoin exchange Coin.mx, Shalon also owned rogue casino groups Affactive and RevenueJet. These Israel based casino groups included the likes of WinPalace Casino, Grand Macao Casino, Begado, Casino Titan, and others among their roster of dodgy casinos. The casinos were initially notorious for delayed payments, and towards the end of their run, inventive scams used to defraud players of their winnings. The cyber attacks against Casino Listings occurred after we refused their demands to remove warnings about their casinos from our review pages. The group abruptly shut down in 2015 after news of their owners' involvement in the hacks was made, and the case has sat in limbo ever since.
I think we can all take a minute here to rejoice in the karmic glow as Tyurin prepares to spend more than a decade in federal custody.