Macedonian to face 17 years in prison for selling stolen financial data


This past Friday, the Brooklyn federal court has charged Macedonian citizen Dzevair Ametovski as guilty for fraud and selling personal data from stolen credit cards through a web site named “codeshop”, US prosecutors said.

The 30-year-old Ametovski is facing up 17 years imprisonment and his attorneys, state American media, will not comment on the verdict.

Ametovski, who prosecutors say was known online as “codeshop,” “sindrom” and “sindromx,” was arrested in Slovenia in 2014 and extradited to New York last year.

The charges against him stemmed from what US authorities said was a seven-year investigation undertaken to combat cyber marketplaces for stolen financial information.

Prosecutors said that from 2010 to 2014, Ametovski ran a “carding shop” online that obtained and sold data for over 181,000 compromised credit and debit cards, causing millions of dollars in losses for thousands of victims.

Ametovski received the data from hackers, who had stolen it from financial institutions and other businesses.

According to the prosecution, users who bought data on Codeshop used it generally to make online purchases and to encode plastic cards that could be used to withdraw cash at ATMs, prosecutors said. The site allowed them to search stolen data by bank identification number, financial institution, country state and card brand to find exactly what they wanted to buy.

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