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Notorious Carder 'BadB' Sentenced to 88 Months

BadB, a man with deep ties to the carding community, notorious for his connections to CarderPlanet before authorities shut it down in 2004, was sentenced to 88 months in prison last week for trafficking in stolen credit cards.

The sentencing concludes a four-year long case against Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, better known as BadB, who was indicted in 2009 on charges of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Nine months after the indictment was delivered by a federal grand jury, Horohorin was arrested in France.

Authorities call him an “one of the most notorious credit card traffickers in the world” due to his ties to CarderPlanet – a forum dedicated to trafficking in stolen credit cards and personal information – and his business operations in the years following the law enforcement sting that took CarderPlanet down.

"The network created by the founders of CarderPlanet, including Vladislav Horohorin, remains one of the most sophisticated organizations of online financial criminals in the world," said U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director for Investigations Michael Merritt in 2010. "This network has been repeatedly linked to nearly every major intrusion of financial information reported to the international law enforcement community. This arrest is an illustration of the success that comes from international law enforcement and private sector partnerships and confirms the Secret Service commitment to traversing the globe in pursuit of online criminals."

In 2012, Horohorin was extradited from France to the U.S. on the 2009 indictment, and a superseding indictment from the Northern District of Georgia in 2010 that charged him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and access device fraud.

His sentencing this week was based on a trial that focused squarely on his business operations during the CarderPlanet sting and after, where he traded and sold “dumps” – or stolen credit card details.

During the trial Horohorin admitted to being one of the lead cashers in a scheme that made international headlines, as 44 counterfeit payroll debit cards were used to withdraw more than $9 million from over 2,100 ATMs in at least 280 cities worldwide in a span of less than 12 hours.

In addition to his prison term, Horohorin was ordered to pay $125,739 in restitution and sentenced to two years of supervised release.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.