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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012, Posted On: 7/24/2012


Dave & Buster's Hacker Gets 7-Year Sentence, Ordered To Pay $975,000


Marcus Webb
TAGS: Dave & Buster's, credit card theft, Aleksander Suvorov, Alberto Gonzalez, Jillian's, Heartland Payment Systems, hackers, credit card hackers, amusements, coin-op machines, arcades, U.S. Secret Service, Mark Sullivan

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY -- Aleksander Suvorov has been sentenced for his crime of stealing data on more than 240,000 credit cards. Data from 81,000 of those cards were stolen at Dave & Busters stores in six states; the rest came from credit card payment processing agencies and other sources in a scheme that was active during just four months in mid-2007.

A federal judge here ordered Suvorov, an Estonian national, to seven years in prison and to pay $675,000 in restitution, plus $300,000 in penalties.

Suvorov pled guilty to wire and fraud charges in May 2009 and to related charges of unauthorized trafficking devices in November 2011. The U.S. Justice Department said Suvorov and his gang set up a system to sell the stolen data to a co-conspirator in Ukraine. | SEE STATEMENT

Suvorov was an associate to Albert Gonzalez, the master identity-theft criminal who was convicted for his role in the Heartland Payment Systems data breach. He was sentenced to two consecutive 20-year terms in April 2010; an unidentified Ukrainian accomplice got a 30-year sentence, which will be served in Turkey. | SEE STORY

U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan said more than a dozen international law enforcement agencies cooperated to break the case and bring the criminals to justice.

News of the crime originally broke in 2008 when 11 Dave & Buster's stores had been compromised in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas. The theft cost at least $600,000 to the banks that issued the credit cards. | SEE STORY

Soon after the dimensions of the crime became apparent, Dave & Buster's said it installed tough new security measures designed to prevent this type of theft from happening again.


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