Ukrainian man pleads guilty to hacking, wire fraud charges

SEATTLE (AP) — A member of a sophisticated international hacking group that targeted businesses in 47 states to steal credit and debit card records has pleaded guilty to hacking and wire fraud charges.

Fedir Hladyr entered his pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. He faces up to 25 years in prison. He also agreed to pay $2.5 million in restitution.

His lawyer didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Hladyr, a 34-year-old Ukrainian, was a member of a hacking group called FIN7, according to the plea agreement.

FIN7 launched attacks against hundreds of U.S. companies to steal financial information between 2015 and 2019. It stole about 15 million credit and debit cards.

The group used phishing emails that contained malware that compromised computers, prosecutors said.