A Russian accused of being one of the world's "most prolific" traffickers of stolen credit card data has been arrested in France and now faces extradition to the US.
Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, aka "BadB", was arrested by French authorities in Nice over the weekend as he attempted to board a plane to Moscow.
He was taken into custody on a provisional arrest warrant based upon US charges in an indictment - unsealed yesterday - from last November relating to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, US Secret Service agents had been conducting an undercover investigation of Horohorin over concerns he was using online criminal forums such as CarderPlanet and carder.su to sell stolen credit card information, known as "dumps" using the Internet name BadB.
He is accused of advertised the stolen credit card information through these forums and directing crooks to create accounts at "dumps.name," a fully-automated vending site he operated where they could buy the data using online currency services such as Webmoney.
He is also thought to have posted this video, found by Wired, online.
Using an undercover identity, Secret Service agents negotiated the sale of numerous stolen credit card dumps and worked with French officials to identify Horohoris before his arrest, says an FBI statement.
He is now being held in France pending extradition to the US where he faces up to 12 years in jail and fines totalling a maximum of $500,000.
US Attorney Ronald Machen, says: "Computer hackers and identity thieves threaten the security of millions of innocent Americans with their crimes. These criminals are mistaken to think that they can escape detection by committing their crimes behind a computer screen in a foreign country."