Russian hacker Burkov faces up to 80 years in prison in the United States

In late October of this year, Israeli Justice Minister Amir Ohana signed an order to extradite 29-year-old Russian citizen Alexei Burkov to the United States. Now the Russian hacker Burkov faces up to 80 years in prison.

Alexei Burkov

Alexei Burkov

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]e was detained at Ben Gurion Airport back in 2015 at the request of the American authorities. Over the years, 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 a colony on charges of drug smuggling. However, operation was not successful and when hacker was extradited to the United States, the Russian embassy in Washington sent a note to the State Department protest.

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Now Burkov appeared before a court in Virginia, where he was charged, and the US Department of Justice issued an official press release telling about the details of the case.

“The Justice Department extends it gratitude to the Government of Israel for making the extradition possible. The Office of International Affairs of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division provided significant assistance in securing the defendant’s extradition from Israel”, — says press release of the US Department of Justice.

According to U.S. law enforcement agencies, Burkov managed the Cardplanet website for several years, where bank card information was sold for between $ 2.50 and $ 60 apiece (the cost depended on the type of card, country of origin, availability of the name and address of the card holder, as well as other identification information). Investigators claim that Burkov’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 among US users alone consisted more than $ 20 million.

Additionally, according to the Ministry of Justice, Burkov owned another site, closed to the public, where criminals could advertise sale of stolen personal data, malware and various illegal services. Getting 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 served as an insurance.

“Burkov is charged with wire fraud, access device fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud, computer intrusions, identity theft, and money laundering. If he will be found guilty in all accusations, he faces a maximum of 80 years in prison”, — warned in press release issued by the US Department of Justice.

[box]Moreover, the US authorities are seeking confiscation of 21 million US dollars in foreign currency and any other income received by the suspect because of alleged crimes.[/box]

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