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Canadian hacker Tenenbaum (AKA The Analyzer) to face the courts in the U.S.

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May 1st, 2009

The Calgary Sun reports that Canadian hacker Ehud Tenenbaum has agreed to surrender to the U.S. courts. He will face the U.S. court system, not those in Canada where he is being held on detention, over allegations that he masterminded a multi-million dollar credit card attack on servers two years ago.

Tenenbaum (Aka the Analyzer) agreed to surrender to U.S. Marshals under a provision within the Canadian Extradition Act. The decision is subject to approval by Canadian ministers, but this is considered nothing more than a simple formality.

Defence lawyer Hersh Wolch added that although his client knows that U.S. sentences are generally thought to be as lot stiffer than those applied by Canadian courts, he simply wanted to be tried nevertheless.

By agreeing to extradition, Tenenbaum only faces prosecution for charges listed in the extradition order.

If instead he had contested the extradition, then new charges could have be added against him.

The twenty-nine year-old man faces charges of credit card fraud and of computer hacking in both Canada and the U.S. over allegations that he orchestrated a hack into the data systems of financial services firms and at least two banks, before transferring funds into pre-paid debit card accounts under the control of fraudsters.

An estimated $10 million was stolen by his actions.

In 1999, Tenenbaum was also convicted of breaking unclassified computer systems maintained by the NASA, the Pentagon, the Israeli parliament and the terrorist organization Hamas.

Tenenbaum was also convicted of hacking offences but received only a suspended sentence and a small fine. He later took on consulting work in helping to defend Israeli sites from cyber attack before disappearing from view for almost ten years until his arrest in Canada in Dec. 2008.

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Source: The Calgary Sun.

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