Hacker sentenced in Dave & Buster's credit card scheme

An exterior view of the Dave & Buster's

An exterior view of the Dave & Buster's Restaurant in Westbury. (Oct. 9, 2010) (Credit: Ed Betz)

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A hacker based in Eastern Europe was sentenced to 7 years in prison Wednesday for participating in a scheme that gave him and co-conspirators access to credit card numbers gathered from 11 Dave & Buster's restaurants, including one in Islandia, prosecutors said.

Aleksandr Suvorov, 28, of Estonia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein in federal court in Central Islip

He was admitted to participating in two hacking schemes that gave him access to more than 240,000 stolen credit card numbers garnered through malicious software that collects credit card information, said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division.

Suvorov had pleaded guilty in May 2009 in a wire fraud conspiracy charge for hacking into the Dave & Buster's chain to steal more than 80,000 credit card numbers, prosecutors said.

He also pleaded guilty in November 2011 to trafficking in unauthorized access devices in a case filed in California that involved the theft of more than 160,000 stolen credit card numbers, prosecutors said.

"Suvorov reached across an ocean to victimize thousands of Americans," said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. "That ocean was no protection from the reach of U.S. law enforcement, whose coordinated efforts put a stop to Suvorov and his cohorts' criminal scheme. He will now serve his sentence in the country of his victims. Computer hackers and identity thieves who prey on innocent American consumers, businesses and financial institutions will find no refuge from U.S. criminal justice in any corner of the globe."

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