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Former eSports team owner charged in massive US hacking scheme

Former Moscow 5 eSports gaming team owner Dmitriy Smilianets, known online as "ddd1ms," was charged along with three Russian nationals and one Ukranian for running a sophisticated hacking organization, AP reports.

According to the charges, Smilianets was part of an organization that stole at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers totaling losses in the hundreds of millions. Smilianets was allegedly the group's "information salesman." Heartland Payment Systems Inc., a company that processes credit and debit cards, is believed to have been hit the hardest with a con that began in 2007. Its losses total around $200 million. A second company, Global Payments systems, report a loss of nearly $93 million.

Smilianets will appear in federal court next week; he was reportedly arrested while "sightseeing." According to his lawyer, Bruce Provda, the claim is "a rather complex international charge of hacking" and will likely result in a long trial.

Smilianets is charged with taking part in a hacking conspiracy and a conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Additional charges include unauthorized computer access and wire fraud.

Moscow 5, Smilianets' former team was best known for competing in Dota 2, League of Legends and Counter-Strike. The team was founded in 2001 and shut down this year due to a lack of funding, following Smilianets' arrest in 2012.

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