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Monday, July 07, 2014
U.S. Arrests Russian Accused Of Hacking Retail Systems

On July 5, 2014 the U.S. Secret Service arrested Roman Valerevich Seleznev in the Western District of Washington for hacking into point of sale systems at retailers throughout the United States between October 2009 and February 2011.

According to the indictment, Seleznev hacked into point of sale systems throughout the United States and operated servers and international carding forum websites to facilitate the theft and sale of stolen credit card data. Seleznev, known as "Track2" in the criminal carding underground, remains in custody pending trial.

The charges in the indictment include five counts of bank fraud, eight counts of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer, eight counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, two counts of trafficking unauthorized access devices, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.

Seleznev is also charged in a separate indictment in the District of Nevada with participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO) and conspiracy to engage in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization as well as two counts of possession of 15 or more counterfeit and unauthorized access devices. Those charges carry maximum penalties of up to 20 years in prison for RICO and RICO conspiracy and up to 10 years in prison for possession of 15 or more counterfeit and unauthorized access devices.

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