MOSCOW, July 8 (RAPSI) - The US Secret Service has arrested a Russian national suspected of hacking into point-of-sale systems at US retailers, AP announced on Monday night, citing Jenny Durkan, the US attorney for the Western District of Washington.
Moscow-born Roman Seleznev, 30, son of Russian state lawmaker Valriy Seleznev, has been charged with hacking into retail point-of-sale systems to install malicious software to steal credit card numbers and with operating servers and international carding forum websites to facilitate the theft and sale of stolen credit card data.
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 (in this case stolen credit card numbers), as well as two counts of trafficking in unauthorized access devices and five counts of aggravated identity theft.
If Seleznev is convicted, he could spend many years in prison and could be fined up to $3 million. Seleznev has also been charged in a similar but separate indictment in Nevada.
AP has no information on the location of the arrest on Saturday, but writes that he was taken to Guam for an initial court hearing on July 22.
His father, State Duma lawmaker Valeriy Seleznev told the press that he does not rule out the possibility that his son was kidnapped, as he allegedly does not have an American visa.