Today, a Russian citizen pleaded guilty to charges related to his work on two websites dealing with payment card fraud, computer hacking and other crimes.
Deputy Attorney General Brian A. Benchkovsky of the US Department of Justice Criminal Division Attorney J. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent Matthew Miller of the Washington Field Office of the US Secret Service made this statement.
Alexey Burkov, 29 years old, pleaded guilty to senior US district judge T.S. Ellis III for access to fraud and conspiracy of devices for the purpose of committing computer intrusions, identity theft, fraud with wired and accessible devices and money laundering. The sentence is scheduled for May 8, 2020.
According to court documents, Burkov managed a website called Card Planet that sold payment card numbers (such as debit and credit cards) that were stolen mainly as a result of computer intrusions. Many cards for sale belonged to U.S. citizens. The stolen credit card information sold on Burkov’s website led to fraudulent purchases of US credit cards worth more than $ 20 million.
In addition, Burkov ran another website that served as an invite-only club where elite cybercriminals could advertise stolen goods, such as personal identification information and malware, and criminal services, such as money laundering and hacking services. In order to gain membership in the Burkov Cybercrime Forum, potential participants needed three existing participants to “vouch” for their good reputation among cybercriminals and provide a sum of money, usually $ 5,000, as insurance. These measures were designed to prevent law enforcement from accessing the Burkov cybercrime forum and to ensure that forum participants complete any transactions made while doing business on the forum.
Burkov was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, in December 2015. This was two years before the Israeli courts granted the extradition request, leading to two more years of appeals against the extradition order, which were heard in the Israeli Supreme Court and the High Court of Israel.
In the end, U.S. prosecutors went their own way, and Burkov was sent from Israel to the U.S. on November 11, 2019.
The sentence is scheduled for May 8, 2020.
Eventually, US prosecutors had their way and Burkov was sent from Israel to the US on November 11, 2019.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 8, 2020.