The hacker, Alexander Tverdokhlebov, was arrested in February, he pleaded guilty on March 31 to wire fraud and on Monday, and a federal court sentenced him to 110 months in prison.
He 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.
At various occasions between 2009 and 2013, he claimed on the underground forums that “he possessed 40,000 stolen credit card numbers and could control up to 500,000 infected computers.”
However, he emigrated from Russia in 2007 and later obtained United States citizenship. He also hired two Russian students studying in the America to cash out funds from a compromised bank account.
According to the prosecutors, Tverdokhlebov stole sensitive financial information from at least 100 victims, estimating losses totaled between $9.5 Million to $25 Million.
“As part of the sentencing, the court also ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, with conditions of release that will include monitoring of the defendant’s computer use,”the Department of Justice said.
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