Sabre and Travelport had to report the weekly activities of former “Cardplanet” cybercriminal Aleksei Burkov for two years, info that eventually led to his arrest and prosecution.
The U.S. government ordered two travel companies to provide information about the movement of a Russian citizen suspected of hacking. The surveillance data was used as part of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, according to court documents recently unsealed.
The revelation of the extent of surveillance that the feds ordered companies to do in a 2015 investigation of Russian hacker Aleksei Burkov once again raises questions of privacy, accountability and responsibility in terms of how much access the government should have to an individual’s private data.
A letter from Forbes prompted the unsealing of court documents in the case Burkov, a now-infamous cybercriminal who at the time of the investigation was suspected of facilitating the theft of $20 million from stolen credit cards on a website called Cardplanet that he was running on the dark web.
The feds arrested Burkov at Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv in December 2015, and he eventually was extradited to the U.S. in 2019. In January 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count