A Russian hacker has been jailed for eight years for engaging in a botnet scheme that caused at least $100 million in financial damage.
According to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Aleksandr Brovko was an active member of several elite, online forums designed for Russian-speaking cybercriminals to gather and exchange their criminal tools and services.
Brovko participated in the scheme from 2007 through 2019 working with other cybercriminals to scrape information collected by botnets.
Brovko wrote scripts that could parse log data from botnet sources and then searched these data dumps to get personally identifiable information (PII) and account credentials.
Any account credentials logged by Brovko’s code would then be verified by the Russian national to check if that account could be used for fraudulent purposes. If so, other hackers would drain fund from the bank accounts.
Brovko trafficked more than 200,000 unauthorized access devices during the course of the conspiracy. These access devices consisted of either personally identifying information or financial account details.
He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and was sentenced to eight years in prison by Senior US District Judge T.S. Ellis III.
According to US Attorney Zachary Terwilliger, Aleksandr Brovko used his programming skills to facilitate the large-scale theft and use of stolen personal and financial information, resulting in over $100 million in intended loss.