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High-profile Russian hacker extradited from France to US

Published time: June 16, 2012 04:14
Edited time: June 16, 2012 08:14
High-profile Russian hacker extradited from France to US

High-profile Russian hacker extradited from France to US

The notorious hacker and alleged credit card trafficker, Vladislav Khorokhorin, has been extradited from France to the US over the alleged theft of around US$9.5 million from over 2,100 ATMs in some 280 cities worldwide in less than 12 hours.

­Khorokhorin, a 27-year-old Moscow-born Israeli-Ukrainian citizen, (sometimes incorrectly spelt as Horohorin), is believed to be one of the most prolific sellers of stolen credit card data. He was extradited to the United States on June 6, and was arraigned before US magistrate Judge Alan Kay in the District of Columbia on June 7.  He was ordered to be detained pending trial, ENewsPF.com reports.

American authorities consider Khorokhorin to be among the founders of an international cyber-criminal network called CarderPlanet – “one of the most sophisticated organizations of online financial criminals in the world,” according to the US Secret Service Assistant Director for Investigations, Michael Merritt. The criminal network employed about 7,000 people, based mostly in Eastern Europe and CIS countries. American secret services shut down the network in 2004, since when they had been tracking criminals at large.

Vladislav Khorokhorin, aka “BadB”, was arrested in Nice by order of Interpol order while boarding a plane to the Russian capital on August 7, 2010.

In the United States, he faces criminal charges filed against him in the District of Columbia and in the Northern District of Georgia. If a guilty verdict is passed in connection with fraud, he could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars and a fine of US$250,000. A conviction for theft could add another two years to the prison term and an additional fine of US$250,000.