The first ever extradition of a citizen of Cyprus to the United States took place last Friday when 21-year-old Joshua Polloso Epifaniou landed at JFK International Airport in New York on his way to face federal charges in Georgia and Arizona. Epifaniou is accused of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, identity theft and extortion related to a protected computer for his alleged role in a group carrying out ransomware attacks and threatening to publish data stolen from victim companies online unless the victim paid a ransom. The group is also alleged to have abused their unauthorized access to the servers of Ripoff Report, a company based in Arizona, to delete complaint reports against companies in return for payment. Cyprus amended its constitution in 2013 to allow for the extradition of its citizens to a European country or a third country on the basis of a bilateral treaty agreement. This extradition is the first to make use of that amendment.
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