Russian pleads guilty in US to selling hacked credit card info, faces up to 30 years in prison

Associated Press

A Russian man has pleaded guilty in New Jersey to selling some of the 160 million credit and debit card numbers obtained in a computer hacking scheme.

Moscow resident Dmitriy Smilianets entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden. The 32-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison plus millions in fines when he is sentenced Jan. 13.

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U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in 2013 that the case is the largest hacking scheme prosecuted in the U.S.

Another Russian national pleaded guilty Tuesday. Two other Russian nationals and a Ukrainian are charged in the case. Two remain at large.

Princeton-based Heartland Payment Systems Inc. was one of the main corporate targets of the scheme.

The information was sold and used to create magnetic strips for counterfeit credit cards.