Russian admin of Try2Check Indicted
Denis Gennadievich Kulkov, a 43-year-old Russian man, has been charged for his alleged role as the administrator of Try2Check, a now-defunct card-checking platform operating on both the dark web and clearnet. According to the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Kulkov operated the platform from at least 2005 to April 2023, allowing users to check the validity of stolen credit cards for a small fee. A joint investigation by the FBI and US Secret Service revealed that Try2Check exploited the services of an unnamed US payment processing company for preauthorization checks, impersonating merchants in the process. Kulkov is believed to have made over $18 million in Bitcoin from operating Try2Check. The US Department of State has announced a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to Kulkov's arrest or conviction, with an additional $1 million reward for information leading to the identification of other suspects involved. Kulkov has been charged with access device fraud, computer intrusion, and money laundering, and could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.