Prosecutors allege that Dmitriy Smilianets, 29, of Moscow, conspired with a group of hackers from Russia and the Ukraine to steal more than 160 credit card numbers that cost victims over $300 million. Among the targets were NASDAQ and Heartland Payment Systems Inc. Jet Blue Airways and J.C. Penney were also hit by the group.
Smilianets denies the allegations and claims that he is looking into irregularities with the circumstances of his arrest last year in Holland.
He allegedly sold credit card data starting at $10 for a U.S. card and $50 for a European card. He was extradited to the United States in September 2012, and has remained in federal custody ever since.
He faces up to 30 years for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 30 years for committing wire fraud and 5 years each for gaining unauthorized access to computers and conspiracy to gain access.
Prosecutors are also seeking the extradition of Alexandr Kalinin, another suspect that is living in Russia.
Written by: James Delahunty @ 13 Aug 2013 17:04