Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Russian Hacker, BadB, Arrested

Thank goodness this criminal hacker has been caught by authorities, and arrested. Now, he can do no more harm to any of our computers anymore.

MOSCOW — On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by the United States Secret Service.


And in real life, he was nearly as untouchable — because he lived in Russia.

BadB’s real name is Vladislav A. Horohorin, according to a statement released last week by the United States Justice Department, and he was a resident of Moscow before his arrest by the police in France during a trip to that country earlier this month.

He is expected to appear soon before a French court that will decide on his potential extradition to the United States, where Mr. Horohorin could face up to 12 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 if he is convicted on charges of fraud and identity theft. For at least nine months, however, he lived openly in Moscow as one of the world’s most wanted computer criminals.

The seizing of BadB provides a lens onto the shadowy world of Russian hackers, the often well-educated and sometimes darkly ingenious programmers who pose a recognized security threat to online commerce — besides being global spam nuisances — who often seem to operate with relative impunity.
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9 comments:

Nickie Goomba said...

BadB is a DipS.

Reaganite Republican said...

Very illuminating, thanks Teresa-

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I'm with Nickie. You've got to be careful out there ...

Trestin said...

Good find Teresa! A lot of these hacker are doing a lot of harm. China is actually using them to wage cyber war on the American economy.

Maggie Thornton said...

Dang! Between Russian and Chinese hackers, we hardly have a chance to keep our computer safe. Thanks for this heads-up Teresa!

Chicago Ray said...

Good news Teresa, bad news is there's only about 10 million more just in Russia and China alone.

We're all out here trying to make our honest livings doing whatever we do, and these people get up every day trying to separate us from our money without working. :(

If everyone uses the proper security tools they'll go to sleep frustrated night after night. ;)

Matt said...

There are allegedly, many connections between these hackers and the Russian Govt. They allegedly have hacked networks in other countries at the behest of Putin. Who knows if it's true or not, but the evidence does point to something fishy.

cube said...

Good riddance to bad trash.

Anonymous said...

new address of forum carder.su where he sold credit card numbers is http://crdsu.su/