Saturday February 13, 2010

Hacker Gets Record 13-Year Sentence for Hacking

Hacker Max Ray Vision (yes, seriously) was sentenced to a prison term of 13 years and ordered to pay restitution of $27.5 million bucks for stealing credit card numbers and selling them. He also set the record for the longest sentence for hacking in US history, though Wired thinks this will be eclipsed by Albert Gonzalez next month.

Vision, who changed his name from Max Butler shortly before his arrest, ran an online forum for thousands of identity thieves called CardersMarket, where he sold credit card magstripe data to the underground for about $20 a card. He was caught with 1.8 million stolen credit card numbers belonging to a thousand different banks, who tallied the fraudulent charges on the cards at $86.4 million.