The United States will ask Canada to extradite Israeli computer hacker Ehud Tenenbaum, better known as the "Analyzer," so that he can be indicted as one of the masterminds of a worldwide ring of hackers that allegedly stole millions of dollars.
Prosecutors say that the ring hacked into financial institutions in Russia, Turkey, Holland, Sweden, Germany and other countries.
Ten years ago, Tenenbaum became famous for having hacked into the Pentagon's computers. Then, last month, he was arrested in Canada on suspicion of being involved in a high-tech theft from a local bank. Three weeks later, a court decided to release him on $30,000 bail, but last week, before he had actually left prison, that decision was superseded by a new arrest order issued in connection with the U.S. extradition request.
The other suspects in the case, including Tenenbaum's fiancee, have been released on bail.
According to Canadian prosecutor David Gates, the U.S. suspects Tenenbaum of being one of the ringleaders of the scam, in which the hackers penetrated financial institutions around the world to steal credit card numbers. They then sold these numbers to other people, who used them to perpetrate massive credit card fraud.
Gates did not give a specific figure for how much was stolen, but said it ran into the millions of dollars.
Tenenbaum's lawyer, John James, rejected the allegations, saying that everything his client did had been part of his legitimate work as owner of a computer security firm.