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Alleged credit card criminal arrested in France

One of the alleged founders of CarderPlanet, Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, was arrested by French border police in connection with the trade of stolen credit card details
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

French law enforcement agents have arrested a man in connection with the trade of stolen credit card details.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a statement on Wednesday that Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin was arrested in Nice by French border police and US agents over the weekend.

The DoJ believes Horohorin, who lives in Moscow, both co-founded and traded credit card details on a forum called CarderPlanet, using the alias 'BadB'.

"The network created by the founders of CarderPlanet, including Vladislav Horohorin, remains one of the most sophisticated organisations of online financial criminals in the world," US Secret Service assistant director for investigations Michael Merritt said in the statement. "This network has been repeatedly linked to nearly every major intrusion of financial information reported to the international law enforcement community."

Horohorin, who has dual Ukrainian and Israeli nationality, allegedly used criminal forums including CarderPlanet and Carder.su to trade stolen credit card data. Horohorin allegedly directed purchasers to a site he allegedly operated called 'dumps.name'.

Horohorin was arrested at Nice airport, before he was to board a flight to Moscow. Horohorin is being held pending extradition to the US, where he faces up to 10 years in prison  and a $250,000 (£160,000) fine for access device fraud. He is also charged with aggravated identify theft, which carries a statutory consecutive penalty of two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The US Secret Service worked in conjunction with Police Aux Frontieres and the Netherlands Police Agency's high tech crime unit on its investigation.

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