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This article was published on January 11, 2016

Turkish hacker faces 334 years behind bars for stealing credit card details

Turkish hacker faces 334 years behind bars for stealing credit card details Image by: Medioimages/Photodisc
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A 26-year-old hacker has been given a 135 year sentence from a Turkish court, which on top of 199 years of prison time previously handed to him in 2013, sees him facing 334 years behind bars.

Although he was accused of “mass bank fraud” by the Daily Sabah newspaper, Onur Kopçak was convicted yesterday of obtaining and selling just 11 sets of credit card details.

Kopçak, who is already in prison, was convicted with 11 other young hackers in 2013 for stealing 43 sets of credit card details, which they obtained by recreating bank websites and capturing customer log-in details.

On those figures, the punishments being handed out seem ever so slightly disproportionate to the crime, perhaps indicating the country is trying to make an example in these cases to discourage others.

One of the longest sentences handed out in the US for this kind of crime was the 20 years given to TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez in 2012 for stealing 90 million credit card records.

Young hacker sentenced to record 334 years in prison in mass bank fraud in Turkey [Daily Sabah via Office of Inadequate Security]