Last week in the usa was sentenced in the case of the owner of two once-known carder resources Cardplanet and Direct Connection Alexei Burkov. A 30-year-old Russian citizen was sentenced to nine years in prison as the owner of sites that contributed to the commission of fraud with payment cards, computer hacking, as well as other cybercrimes.
We have repeatedly talked about this high-profile case. Let me remind you that Burkov was extradited to the United States from Israel in the fall of 2018, and he was detained at Ben Gurion Airport in 2015 at the request of the American authorities. Over the years since that moment, the Russian authorities tried to exchange Alexei Burkov for Israeli citizen Naamu Issahar, who was sentenced in Russia to seven and a half years in prison for allegedly drug smuggling, but when nothing came of it and the hacker was still extradited to the United States, the Russian embassy in Washington sent to the State Department a note of protest.
According to U.S. law enforcement agencies, for several years (from 2009 to 2013), Burkov managed the Cardplanet website, which sold bank card information at a price of $ 2.50 to $ 60 apiece (the cost depended on the type of card, country of origin, name and cardholder’s address, as well as other identification information). Investigators claim that Burkova’s resource even offered a guarantee of a refund if the data of the stolen cards no longer worked.
In total, over 150,000 payment cards were put up for sale on Cardplanet, tens of thousands of which belonged to American users. Selling cards through Cardplanet led to fraudulent purchases, and the damage only among US users amounted to more than $ 20 million.
Also, according to the Ministry of Justice, Burkov owned another site, Direct Connection, closed to the masses, where criminals could advertise the sale of stolen personal data, malvari and various illegal services. To get into this “closed club” was possible only by invitation: three active members of the site had to vouch for the beginner, in addition, the entry fee was $ 5,000, which was a kind of insurance.
In January 2020, Burkov pleaded guilty to electronic communications fraud, data access device fraud, conspiracy, identity theft, money laundering and confirmed that he managed both of the above resources.
On these charges, Aleksey Burkov could receive a total of up to 15 years in prison, but, as mentioned above, the court limited itself to nine years in prison. At the same time, the verdict takes into account all the past years that Burkov has already spent behind bars, that is, he will not remain in prison for another nine full years.
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