Jailed 'Hacker King' Set For Extradition To The U.S.

American authorities are about to get their hands on Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, an accused cybercriminal who is suspected of executing numerous security breaches in banks and large businesses. He has arrested 13 months ago in Nice, France.

'BadB' as portrayed in a promotional cartoon (YouTube)
'BadB' as portrayed in a promotional cartoon (YouTube)
Fabrice Amedeo

He may be unknown to most of the world, but among hackers, 27-year-old Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin is a living legend. He is also on the verge of being extradited to the United States from France, where he has been locked up since his August, 2010 arrest in the coastal city of Nice.

Horohorin, a.k.a "BadB" or "Vlad H," is one of the CIA and FBI's top five most-wanted cyber-criminals. U.S. authorities accuse the hacker, who has both Ukrainian and Israeli citizenship, of involvement in numerous cyber-security breaches in banks and large businesses.

Considered one of the world's most important credit card dealers, Horohorin operated a virtual market of stolen credit cards, card re-coding and bank information sales. On different sites and forums that he ran, crooks from all around the world could exchange ideas about creating fake bankcards. On some forums, Horohorin boasted that he had the largest stock of bank data in the world. Among the sites run by the 27-year-old-swindler: Dumps.com, badb.biz and CarderPlanet, which was one of the most important credit card pirating sites until it was shut down in 2004.

125,000 dollars in one day

Horohorin is also a main suspect in an ongoing investigation into the 2008 attack against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Several people working together managed to withdraw 9.5 million dollars from ATMs in a couple of hours using pirated credit cards. At the time, law enforcement described the operation as "the most sophisticated in the history of credit card fraud."

"It was an attack that was both highly technical and very well organized," explains Guilhem Giraud, the head of Info Protection Solutions, a data security firm for large companies. The hackers were apparently able to access the Hardware Security Module, which stores all of the banking network's codes.

In total, nine people from Eastern Europe have been arrested in connection with the investigation. Horohorin, who withdrew $125,000 over the course of one day in Moscow following the cyber attack on RBS, was charged by a grand jury with aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud.

"They operate at a very, very high level," says Giraud. "This attack was possible because of shortcomings in the security installation of the Hardware Security Module, but there are very few hackers in the world who possess that kind of know-how."

The hacker will now have to answer to an American court. Based on the charges against him, Horohorin could face up to 12 years in prison and a $500,000 fine in the United States.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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