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Two New York men arrested for conspiring with Russians to hack JFK hack system

 Two New York men, Daniel Abayev and Peter Leyman, allegedly worked with Russian hackers to break into JFK's hack dispatch system so they could charge cabbies to cut the line.

hack motorists generally have to stay hours for a chow but if they paid the defendants $10, they were suitable to skip the line, civil prosecutors contended.

Abayev and Leyman were each charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and face up to 10 times in captivity.

Arriving passengers line up to get taxi outside of Terminal 4 at the JFK airport in New York.

Two New York men were arrested for conspiring with Russian citizens to hack the hack dispatch system at JohnF. Kennedy International Airport so they could manipulate the line and charge motorists for access to the front of the line, civil prosecutors said Tuesday.

Daniel Abayev and Peter Leyman, both 48, were taken into guardianship on Tuesday morning in Queens and charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, prosecutors from the blazoned Southern District of New York.


Morning in 2019, the two allegedly worked with hackers grounded in Russia to insinuate JFK's hack dispatch system by buying someone to install malware on computers connected to the system, stealing computer tablets and using Wi-Fi to break in, prosecutors contend.

“ I know that the Pentagon is being addressed so ca n’t we hack the hack assiduity(?) ” Abayev allegedly texted one of the hackers in November 2019, according to the charge against him.


Once the hackers successfully gained access to the dispatch system, Abayev and Leyman were suitable to move specific hacks to the front of the line and began charging motorists $10 to skip the line, prosecutors contended.

Generally, hack motorists looking to pick up trippers at JFK stay in a holding lot before they're dispatched to a specific terminal in the order in which they arrived. The process can take hours, and the delay time can have a significant impact on how important a plutocrat a hack motorist is suitable to earn in a day.


Prosecutors estimate Abayev and Leyman were suitable to manipulate as numerous as,000 hack trips a day throughout the course of the scheme, which went on from about November 2019 to November 2020.

“As contended in the charge, these two defendants with the help of Russian hackers — took the Port Authority for a lift,” Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, said in a statement.


motorists learned about the scheme through word of mouth, and some were indeed allowed to cut the line for free—if they agreed to retain other cabbies that were willing to pay, prosecutors contended.

“For times, the defendants' playing kept honest hack motorists from being suitable to pick up fares at JFK in the order in which they arrived,” Williams said.


The suspects are slated to appear before Judge Gabriel Gorenstein latterly Tuesday. They face up to 10 times in captivity if they're condemned. It isn't clear if they had retained an attorney.

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