Two US citizens were arrested in December for allegedly conspiring with Russian nationals to hack the taxi dispatch system at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), enabling them to charge cab drivers a $10 fee to skip to the front of the queue line. Between September 2019 and September 2021, they collected on as many as 1,000 trips a day and transferred at least $100,000 to the Russia hackers.

Daniel Abayev and Peter Leyman successfully hacked the dispatch system with the help of unnamed Russian nationals, according to a DOJ indictment. The hackers communicated with drivers through group chats, advising them on how to avoid detection by law enforcement. Abayev and Leyman allegedly explored several ways to hack the system, including bribing someone to infect computers with malware via a flash drive and stealing connected computer tablets. According to the indictment, both men have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence in prison if proven guilty.

Source: The Verge

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