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Russian Accused of Hacking Into U.S. Stores and Restaurants

An indictment accuses a Russian man of hacking into computers at hundreds of retail businesses in the U.S.
/ Source: Reuters

A Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, U.S. authorities allege. Roman Valerevich Seleznev appeared in court in Guam on Monday and was ordered detained until a hearing July 22. Seleznev, 30, the son of a Russian member of parliament, was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service over the weekend. Seleznev, known by the underground name "Track2," hacked into retailers' computers, installed malicious software and stole credit card numbers from 2009 to 2011, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. He is accused of marketing and selling those stolen credit card numbers on "criminally inspired websites" and using servers in Virginia, Russia, Ukraine and other parts of the world to help carry out the scheme.

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— Reuters