“To obtain membership in Burkov’s cybercrime forum, prospective members needed three existing members to ‘vouch’ for their good reputation among cybercriminals and to provide a sum of money, normally $5,000, as insurance,” the DoJ said in a media announcement on Friday.
The DoJ added that Burkov also ran an elite invite-only club, where other criminals could pay $5,000 to gain access to an exclusive site where they could sell personal identifying information (PII), hawk malware, and offer helpful illegal services such as money laundering and hacking.
Aleksei Burkov, a Russian national, was the operator of a website called “Cardplanet” that sold hundreds of thousands of debit- and credit-card numbers that had been hacked – mostly from U.S. citizens.
A cybercriminal responsible for running a “carding” website on the Dark Web is going to federal prison for nine years for selling stolen consumer payment information.
The DoJ also announced, Thursday, that a 22-year-old man had been sentenced to more than a year in prison for developing Mirai botnet variants that compromised hundreds of thousands of devices worldwide.
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