34-year-old Fedir Hladyr confessed to being guilty of fraud and conspiracy for computer hacks in Washington court, Cyberscoop writes Thursday.
Hladyr worked with the FIN7 group, which stole more than 1 billion dollars (almost 909 million euros) worldwide and is suspected of stealing more than 15 million credit card numbers. Despite the arrest of Hladyr, the group is still active.
Hladyr is the first of the group to be found guilty in the US. He played an important role within the group by, among other things, managing a private chat system on which various hackers uploaded malware and stolen data.
At the start of 2018, Hladyr was arrested in Germany. He is charged with 26 crimes, but only has 2 known crimes. The other charges will lapse as part of a settlement.
The settlement allows Hladyr to receive up to 25 years in prison instead of multiple life sentences. The ruling follows on December 13.