Carder BadB gets 7 years for casher role in $9m RBS WorldPay heist

Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, a prominent carder known as ‘BadB’ who also withdrew some of the $9m in the 2008 RBS WorldPay ATM heist, has been sentenced to 88 months prison.

On top of the seven year sentence handed down on Friday in the US District Court of the District of Columbia, Horohorin was ordered to pay $125,739 in restitution -- the sum he was accused of stealing from ATMs using cloned RBS WorldPay prepaid debit cards. He will also remain under supervision for two years after his release.

Horohorin faced two separate US federal grand jury indictments. The District of Columbia indictment in 2009 related to his role as a carder, while an August 2010 indictment from Georgia accused him of being a lead “casher” in the RBS WorldPay fraud and theft.

In 2008, over a period of 12 hours, cashers withdrew $9 million from ATMs around the world using pre-paid debit cards from WorldPay, the US payments processing company of the Royal Bank of Scotland. The details were supplied by four hackers from Russia and eastern Europe who had hacked WorldPay, stolen card details and reverse engineered PIN codes for the cards. Horohorin was arrested in Nice, France, in August 2010 attempting to board a flight to Moscow. He remained in detention in France until his extradition to the US in June last year.

At the time of his arrest, Horohorin was only accused of being BadB, an established seller of card “dumps” used for fraud on carder forums such as CarderPlanet and carder.su.

Horohorin’s New York lawyer insisted at the time the 30 year-old citizen of Russia, Israel and Ukraine, was not BadB.

After his extradition to the US in June 2012, the Department of Justice revealed Horohorin was also allegedly a ‘lead casher’ in the WorldPay heist. In a plea agreement last October, Horohorin admitted to charges laid under both indictments.

Cashers in the US, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada were supplied counterfeit WorldPay cards and PIN codes to withdraw cash from ATMs around the world and transfer funds back to four main hackers who had obtained the card details.

Sergei Tsurikov of Estonia, Victor Pleshchuk of Russia, Oleg Covelin of Moldova and another person only known as “Hacker 3” were accused of hacking WorldPay’s network, cloning debit cards and reverse engineering their PIN codes. The hackers raised the balances and withdrawal limits on some accounts and passed 44 cloned cards to cashers like Horohorin.

According to Horohorin’s indictment, he used the cloned cards to withdraw around $125,000 from ATMs around Moscow in 2008. Other cashers withdrew the remaining millions from 2,100 ATMs in 280 cities across the world in less than 12 hours.

Pleshchuk was arrested in Russia in 2010 and later that year given a six year suspended sentence after agreeing to supply information about other hackers involved in the heist. Reporting on his arrest, the Financial Times noted that Russia did not allow the extradition of its citizens to the US.

Sergei Tšurikov was extradited to the United States from Estonia in 2010. He has not been sentenced yet.

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