Our Office has invested significant resources to develop the tools, technology, and expertise needed to become a national leader in the prevention and prosecution of cybercrime.
Cybercrime is increasing at a time when traditional crime categories have hit historic lows. Nowhere is this more evident than the New York metropolitan area, where many major companies and organizations are headquartered, and where innumerable exchanges of private information and data happen on a regular basis. For enterprising hackers and cybercriminals, every one of these interactions represents an opening or vulnerability, making cybercrime today an industrialized and highly profitable operation that can cost its victims millions of dollars in losses, damages, and fraud.
As part of our mission to combat malicious cyber activity, our Office operates a $10 million, 17,000 square-foot in-house cyber lab—the first of its kind within a local prosecutor’s office in the U.S. Our lab houses more than 75 attorneys, investigators, and analysts who are assigned to our Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau and tasked with collaborating on fast-paced, complex cyber investigations while handling a high volume of device data and digital evidence.
Today, more than a quarter of felony indictments filed in Manhattan now involve a cyber component. New York prosecutors need strong, contemporary laws to combat the increasingly pervasive and aggressive threat of cybercrime, which is why have also recommended and supported common-sense legislation and updates to state identity theft statutes that better reflect the severity of the offense, the number of individuals who are victimized, and the financial damage caused.
- Fernando Salazar was sentenced to 3 1/2-to-7 years in state prison for his role in an ID theft operation that compromised the personal information of thousands of hospital patients and resulted in more than $50,000 in fraud.
- Vadim Polyakov was sentenced to 4-to-12 years in state prison for coordinating an international money laundering scheme that involved the theft of personal information form StubHub account users and the resale of thousands of illegally acquired event tickets.
- After pleading guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Krystle Steed was sentenced to 4-to-8 years in state prison for using personal information stolen from Lenox Hill Hospital patients to take over victims’ accounts and make fraudulent purchase of designer goods.
- David Kudugulyan was sentenced to 1-to-3 years in state prison and the repayment of $750,000 in restitution for his role in a multi-state credit card skimming and ATM cash-out operation, through which more than $2 million in criminal proceeds were illegally laundered.
- Jamal Mateen was sentenced to 3 1/2-to-7 years in state prison for using stolen information to place fraudulent orders for and acquire Microsoft products valued at more than $50,000 under the guise of operating a small business.