In US, Russian hacker sentenced to 9 years for stealing credit cards numbers

In US, Russian hacker sentenced to 9 years for stealing credit cards numbers
At least 40 thousand credit card numbers were put up for sale by the Russian Photo: Simon Dawson / Bloomberg

Before his arrest, Aleksandr Tverdokhlebov had lived in Los Angeles, enjoyed expensive travel, and had a BMW. In addition, about $4.5 million in bitcoins have been seized from him.

Hacker Aleksandr Tverdokhlebov, who has both Russian and US citizenship, has been found guilty of stealing tens of thousands of credit card numbers. A court in Alexandria (Virginia) sentenced him to 9 years in prison.

According to the investigation, 29-year-old Tverdokhlebov used to hang out at Russian Internet forums, where hackers groups gather and sell stolen information. It was found that over the past few years, the Russian put up for sale at least 40,000 credit card numbers. The hacker also tried to sell access to 500,000 computers that were infected with malware. According to the prosecutor, Tverdokhlebov had stolen confidential financial information from at least a hundred people.

Tverdokhlebov managed to get about $1 million in transfers from China and Russia; two Russian students helped him cash out the funds from a bank account. The hacker kept about $272,000 in deposit boxes in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In addition, he had about $4.5 million in bitcoins. This amount has been converted into state income.

The Russian hacker was arrested in February 2017 in California; he pleaded guilty in March. Before his arrest, the Russian had lived in Los Angeles, enjoyed expensive travel, and had a BMW.

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