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A man accused of being one of the most prolific sellers of credit-card data has been charged with participating in the brazen hack of RBS WorldPay in 2008 that funneled about $9.4m out of the payment processor in just 12 hours.

Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, was already in the custody of French police following his arrest three weeks ago on charges he sold huge “dumps” of stolen credit-card data. An alleged founder of CarderPlanet — a notorious clearinghouse for payment-card fraudsters — Horohorin has been awaiting extradition to the US.

Prosecutors are wasting no time capitalizing on the capture of the high-profile suspect. Last week, they added Horohorin to the list of people accused of hacking into the computer system of Atlanta-based RBS WorldPay and retrieving payment card data as it was being processed. After raising the amount of funds available on the cards, the gang dispatched cashers in 280 cities worldwide to withdraw money from automatic teller machines, according to court papers. The charges were first made in an indictment filed in November.

According to the superseding indictment, Horohorin was one of the cashers in the scheme. He was assigned a single payment card that he used at ATMs in Moscow to withdraw almost $126,000 on November 8, 2008. He is charged with one count each of wire fraud, and access device fraud.

The court papers outline one of the more profitable hacking crimes in recent memory. Horohorin's inclusion brings to nine the number of people charged. Earlier this month, US authorities said three of the men believed to have orchestrated the attack were arrested in Russia. A PDF of the indictment is here. ®

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