The US Department of Justice charged two US citizens with assisting "Russian hackers" in hacking into the taxi control service of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
The agency said in a statement that “for years, defendant hacks prevented honest taxi drivers from paying fares at Kennedy Airport in the order in which they arrived. Thanks to the joint work of the Ministry of Justice and the airport administration, these defendants face serious criminal charges for their alleged cybercrimes.”
According to prosecutors, 48-year-old New Yorkers Daniel Abaev and Peter Leiman "in collusion with Russian citizens" hacked into the electronic dispatch system of a taxi service at John F. Kennedy Airport. This allegedly allowed them to bring certain taxis to the front of the queue in exchange for a fee.
As specified in the Ministry of Justice, cyber attacks were committed in the period from 2019 to 2020. Police arrested the accused in Queens. Now the two men, if found guilty, face up to 10 years in prison.