'Hacker 3' escapes jail time in RBS WorldPay ATM heist

A Russian programmer involved in the hack of RBS WorldPay's network and the $9 million ATM heist that followed has escaped jail time despite confessing his role in the crime.

A Russian programmer involved in the hack of RBS WorldPay's network and the $9 million ATM heist that followed has escaped jail time despite confessing his role in the crime.

Eugene Anikin (right), previously known only as "Hacker 3" in a U.S. federal grand jury indictment, received a five-year suspended sentence with probation for three years, according to media reports out of Novosibirsk, Russia's third largest city.

Prosecutors had asked for a five-year prison sentence for the 27-year-old hacker.

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According to the reports, Anikin fully admitted his guilt and asked for a suspended sentence (probation, but no jail time), saying he had learned his lesson. He has also pledged to repay money to RBS WorldPay, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Anikin is the second Russian hacker linked to the ATM heist to escape with a slap on the wrist.  Victor Pleschuk, the hacker to exploited a vulnerability to break into the WorldPay network, received a six-year suspended sentence last year.

More details on the ATM heist and allegations can be found here.

* Photograph via Novosibirsk News.