Hacker, 26, Sees Record Prison Sentence of 336 Years

On Sunday, a 26-year old hacker was sentenced for the theft and subsequent sale of credit card information to other cyber criminals.

Onur Kopçak, a 26-year old Turkish hacker, will serve a record 334 years in prison.

Kopçak saw a sentence of 135 years approved by the Mersin third Criminal Court of General Jurisdiction on Sunday, as reported by CNNTurk. The new sentence adds to a previous 199-year sentence from 2013, convicted for a similar hacking ploy that he carried out with 11 other hackers at the time.

In 2013, the then 24-year old hacker was a part of a dozen-strong black-hat hacker collective. The group engaged in a phishing scam which had at least 43 bank customers filing complaints that their credit card information was copied and stolen. The scheme was carried out through expertly designed websites that replicated several banks’ websites, enabling Kopçak and his group of hackers to obtain crucial login information of targeted banking users.

At the time, Kopçak was convicted for an array of charges including identify fraud, access device fraud, website forgery and wire fraud.

Following complaints and a subsequent investigation, the Criminal Court of Appeals for the 8th circuit sentenced Kopçak to 199 years, 7 months and 10 days in prison, in 2013.

135 More Years

The latest sentencing comes as a result of another case which saw a similar method of alleged fraud and credit card theft involving 11 individual’s credit card information.

Altogether, Onur Kopçak is now sentenced to 334 years in prison. The duration of the sentence which spans several lifetimes is easily the largest known prison sentence handed to a malicious hacker for his misdeeds.

Citing the staggering length of the prison sentences handed down to him, Kopçak and his legal advisor(s) sought a lower 35-year sentence, even though the hacker decided against appealing the decision.

In a letter sent to the court, Kopçak stated that “the decision of the state Supreme Court institution [is one] that I did not deserve in any way,” he pleaded for the lowered sentence. In his letter, he stated he was sure that those convicting him “do not even remember the color of my skin.”

Notorious hackers who have cost corporations hundreds of millions of dollars in credit card theft see a decade or two handed down as a sentence. Some of them figure in our list of most notorious hackers of all time.

The case of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of online drug marketplace Silk Road, is arguably the highest profile conviction of an alleged cybercriminal. The case saw Ulbricht appeal his lifetime sentence and plead for more lenient sentence in a letter to the sentencing judge. The alleged mastermind of Silk Road asked the Judge to “leave a light at the end of the tunnel,” pleading to “leaving me my old age.” The appeal was dismissed.

Onur Kopçak is currently serving time at the Osmaniye prison in the southern Adana province in Turkey.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.