Man charged in biggest US hacking scheme pleads not guilty

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Russian citizen has pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities are calling the largest criminal hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

Vladimir Drinkman appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey.

Drinkman is one of several people charged in 2013 with running a sophisticated hacking operation that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations over seven years.

Drinkman had been held in Amsterdam and was extradited Friday.

Authorities say Drinkman and others from Russia and Ukraine stole and sold 100 million to 200 million credit and debit card numbers. The total loss is estimated at more than $300 million.