Now come small yet substantial signs that the good guys may be gaining a bit of ground in the cyber fight. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Secret Service, and others cheered last week as Tsurikov was extradited from Estonia to Atlanta, where he now sits in a federal cell awaiting trial. On Friday he pleaded "not guilty" to federal charges concerning his alleged role in the RBS WorldPay cyber heist.
After years of struggle, US law enforcement officials and private cyber security firms say they have made some strides despite a massive and growing cyber theft problem.
“In just one day, an American credit-card processor was hacked in perhaps the most sophisticated and organized computer fraud attack ever conducted," United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement about the RBS WorldPay case. "With cooperation from law enforcement partners around the world, and most particularly in Estonia, we have now extradited to Atlanta one of the leaders of this ring."
That victory comes on the heels of another major FBI victory. In partnership with Spanish and Slovenian police, the FBI last month hailed the arrest in Spain of three suspected operators of the Mariposa botnet, a collection of infected computers used to steal passwords, credit-card data, and bank account information worldwide.