Kirk, Leaders of Banking Committee, address international hacking

Calls for extradition of Russian data thieves

WASHINGTON – In light of recent data breeches at major U.S. retailers, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mike Crapo (R–Idaho), and Mike Johanns (R–Neb.) sent the following letter to President Obama to request discussion of extradition agreements with Russia for international data theft:

February 7, 2014

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C.  20500

Dear President Obama:

The recent data security breaches at United States retailers have compromised the identity and financial information of not less than 100 million Americans.

At the February 3, 2014 Senate Banking Committee hearing Mr. William Noonan, U.S. Secret Service Deputy Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Cyber Operations Branch, testified that Russia has not extradited any criminals to the United States for these crimes or any similar identity and financial information theft crimes.

Cyber crimes are transnational crimes and the world’s leading nations must work together to protect their citizens.  Foreign countries cannot be safe havens for cyber-criminals.  Greater international coordination to combat these crimes is necessary.  Given Russia’s presidency of the G-8 for this year, it is important this is addressed at the highest level.

We respectfully ask that Treasury Secretary Lew also raise the extradition issue during the next G-20 Finance Ministers meeting later this month.  We also encourage you to raise cyber crime and extradition at all G-20 and G-8 meetings this year.

We look forward to working with you and your Administration to ensure the safety and security of all Americans.