The Hacker News, July 12, 2017 - A 29-year-old Russian-born, Los Angeles resident has been sentenced to over nine years in prison for running botnets of half a million computers and stealing and trafficking tens of thousands of credit card numbers on exclusive Russian-speaking cybercriminal forums. Alexander Tverdokhlebov was arrested in February, pleaded guilty on March 31 to wire fraud and on Monday, a federal court sentenced him to 110 months in prison.
According to court documents, Tverdokhlebov was an active member of several highly exclusive Russian-speaking cybercriminal forums largely engaged in money laundering services, selling stolen sensitive data, and malware tools since at least 2008.
Tverdokhlebov offered several illegal services on these underground forums, including the exchange of tools, services and stolen personal and financial information.
The hacker also operated several botnets – a network of compromised ordinary home and office computers that are controlled by hackers and can be used to steal credit card and other sensitive financial information.