Russian Hacker gets a 9-year jail for running the Stolen Credit Cards Online Shop.
The U.S. federal district court finally sentenced a Russian hacker to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to running two illegal websites dedicated to facilitating payment card fraud, computer hacking, and other crimes.
Aleksei Yurievich Burkov, 30, pleaded guilty in January this year to two of the five charges against him for credit card fraud — one count of access device fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud , identity theft, computer intrusion, wire fraud , and money laundering.
Burkov has admitted to running a Cardplanet website dedicated to the purchase and sale of stolen credit card and debit card data for anywhere between $2.50 and $10 per payment card, depending on the type of card, origin and availability of card owner information.
According to the United States of America. Department of Justice, Cardplanet hosted approximately 150,000 payment card details between 2009 and 2013, most of which were owned by U.S. citizens and used to make over $20 million in fraudulent purchases.
"Aleksei's massive fraud victimized hundreds of thousands of people and resulted in over $20 million in losses," said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney General for the Eastern District of Virginia.
"Tackling global cybercrime means holding accountable leaders like Burkov who have allowed cybercrime to become organized and hyper-specialized. I want to thank our prosecutors and investigative partners for their terrific work on this complex case."
In addition to Cardplanet, Burkov ran another invitation-only website for elite cyber criminals where they advertised stolen personal identification information (PII), malicious software, and other criminal services, such as money laundering and hacking.
In order to become a member of Burkov's cybercrime forum, one had to pay $5,000 as insurance and three existing members had to voucher for their excellent reputation among cyber criminals.
According to the court documents, such measures were put in place to "keep law enforcement from accessing Burkov's cybercrime forum and ensure that members of the forum honored any agreements made while conducting business on the forum."
Burkov was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, in December 2015 and extradited to the United States in November 2019 after losing his appeals against extradition to the Israeli Supreme Court and the Israeli High Court of Justice.
Before his extradition to the U.S., Russia also offered Israel an agreement to release Burkov in exchange for the release of Israeli citizen Naama Issachar, who had been jailed in Russia for drug offences, but Israel refused to release Burkov and accepted the U.S. extradition request.
Burkov was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison on charges he admitted in January, but today the U.S. federal district court judge has sentenced him to nine years in prison.