'Prolific' credit card cyber criminal snared in France


A credit card fraudster considered to be one of the most notorious stolen data sellers has been taken down by law enforcement in France.

Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, a Russian who goes by the pseudonym of BadB, has been arrested on US charges related to the sale of stolen card information.

Horohorin was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2009 on charges of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

This indictment was unsealed earlier this week after French authorities captured the man in France.

"Cyber criminals who target US citizens should not fool themselves into believing they can elude justice simply because they commit crimes outside of our borders," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer of the US Department of Justice's criminal division.

"As this and so many other cases demonstrate, working hand in hand with our partners around the globe, we will do everything in our power to bring these criminals to the United States to answer for their alleged crimes."

Horohorin is thought to be one of the founders of CarderPlanet considered one of the most sophisticated networks of financial cyber criminals in the world.

"This network has been repeatedly linked to nearly every major intrusion of financial information reported to the international law enforcement community," said US Secret Service assistant director for investigations Michael Merritt.

During the investigation, the secret service set up an undercover initiative into the data seller's activities and bought a number of his "dumps" collections of stolen credit card data.

Horohorin was snared just as he was about to get on a flight to Moscow and, on the access device fraud charge, now faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

On the charge of aggravated identify theft, he could get a statutory consecutive penalty of two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Last month, it was reported the FBI was involved in taking down one of the masterminds behind the Mariposa botnet in Slovenia.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

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