Cybercrime mastermind gets 18 years porridge

A Ukrainian national who pleaded guilty in 2009 to creating a popular online marketplace for selling stolen financial account data has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Roman Vega, 49, was dubbed as one of the world’s “most prolific cybercriminals” by the Department of Justice. He will get 18 years for his role in co-founding the notorious website CarderPlanet.

According to Security Week,  Vega was originally arrested in Cyprus in February 2003 and extradited to the United States. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracies to commit money laundering and access device fraud and has been in custody since. It is not clear why it took so long for the authorities to sentence him, particularly as he admitted the crime in 2009. We would have thought that even with an 18-year sentence, he will be up for parole in a few years based on the four years he served.

Acting assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman said Vega helped create one of the largest and most sophisticated credit card fraud sites in the cybercrime underworld.

CarderPlanet was the first and busiest online marketplaces for the sale of stolen financial information, computer hacking services and money laundering, the Department of Justice said. Vega served the organisation as the consigliere,