Roman Seleznev, a Russian national indicted in the Western District of Washington for a computer hacking scheme that compromised the financial accounts of credit card customers, was arrested in Guam on July 6, 2014, by law enforcement agents from the U.S. Secret Service.
Seleznev was indicted in March 2011 for multiple counts of bank fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, obtaining information from a protected computer, possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft related to a computer hacking scheme that occurred between October 2009 to February 2011 within the Western District of Washington and elsewhere.
The superseding indictment from the Western District of Washington details, among other things, a bank fraud scheme in which Seleznev is charged with hacking into retail point of sale systems and installing malicious software on the systems to steal credit card numbers. The indictment further alleges that Seleznev created and used infrastructure to further the theft and sales of credit card data, and used servers worldwide to facilitate the operation.
Seleznev appeared before the Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court of Guam, on Monday, July 7, 2014, for his initial appearance, and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending a further hearing set for July 22, 2014.
Alicia A.G. Limtiaco stated: “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands is committed to working with our law enforcement partners and community of United States Attorney’s Offices, to combat against cybercrime, data theft and financial crimes, and to hold offenders accountable and ensure that they are brought to justice.”
The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. (USAO)