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.
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.