40 Count Indictment Against Cybercriminal for Stealing Credit Cards and Offering Online Tutorials

14 October 2014 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

A Russian cybercriminal allegedly “was a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers, and even created a website offering a tutorial on how to use stolen credit card numbers to commit crime.”  According to an October 9, 2014 Department of Justice (DOJ) Press Release that Roman Valerevich Seleznev, aka “Track2,” 30, of Vladivostok, Russia was indicted:

…with 11 counts of wire fraud, nine counts of intentional damage to a protected computer, nine counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, nine counts of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

The government expects to prove at trial (currently scheduled for trial on November 3, 2014):

…between October 2009 and October 2013, Seleznev allegedly hacked into retail point of sale systems and installed malicious software to steal credit card numbers from various businesses. Seleznev allegedly created and operated the infrastructure to facilitate the theft and sale of credit card data, used servers located all over the world to facilitate his operation, and sold stolen credit card data on a website known as “2pac.cc.”

According to Oregon Live in August 2014:

U.S. Secret Service agents, working with local officials, arrested Seleznev at an airport in the Maldives last month as he was preparing to return to Russia from vacation with his girlfriend. He was flown to the U.S. territory of Guam, where another federal judge sent him to Seattle.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a range of potential penalties, with some counts punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The DOJ also reported that:

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.

These will be important trials that hopefully will deter future cybercriminals.

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