Romanian hacker charged in Texas
A Romanian hacker has been charged with selling millions of stolen credit card numbers obtained through the use of malware.
Sorin Becheru, a 34-year-old Romanian, was charged in March 2021 with conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with access devices. Becheru was arrested by Romanian authorities on Jan. 1, 2022 based on a request from the United States and in accordance with the bilateral extradition treaty between the United States and Romania. On March 3, 2022, FBI agents flew. Becheru from Bucharest to Dallas. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Judge Rebecca Rutherford on March 4.
According to the indictment, Becheru and his coconspirators allegedly used point-of-sale memory scraping malware to obtain consumers’ credit card information from victim servers located in the U.S. They then allegedly sold the numbers on darkweb carding forums, including “Vendetta” and “Tony Montana.” Buyers used the stolen credit card numbers to purchase goods and services.
At one point, he was in possession of information for more than 240,000 credit cards belonging to victims located in the Northern District of Texas and elsewhere.