Carder pleads guilty to hacking and selling stolen card numbers
A carder and hacker that has been arrested in 2009 by the Secret Service for trying to sell 40 stolen card numbers to one of their undercover agents, has pleaded guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.
The 26-year-old Georgian native Rogelio Hackett, Jr., has admitted that he has been selling credit card numbers online on IRC and a variety of criminal forums, and that he hacked into the servers of an online ticket seller and stole information on some 360,000 credit card accounts.
According to Wired, he said that he had been hacking computers since the late 1990s, but begun to do it for profit around 2002.
When the authorities searched his home after the arrest, they found over 675,000 stolen credit card numbers in his possession. He was selling the numbers for $20-$25 a piece, and over the years he earned himself more than $70,000 this way. He also managed to collect $80,000 via Western Union money orders placed by collaborators by using the stolen card numbers.
The investigators have calculated that the total sum stolen from the stolen credit card numbers found in Hackett’s home reaches $36 million.
Hackett is facing 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the access device charge, and two years in prison and $250,000 fine for the identity theft charge. Sentencing is scheduled for July 22.