Roman Seleznyov with Anna and her daughter. Photo: AFP
American justice rarely succeeds in reaching out to Russian hackers and carders who are constantly hacking in the US and withdrawing billions of dollars from the US banking system. But when it succeeds and if the guilt is proven, the guys get maximum terms.
On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Federal District Court in Seattle sentenced  years of imprisonment to Roman Valeryevich Seleznyov, a 32-year-old A citizen of the Russian Federation, the son of Valery Seleznyov, an active member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the party of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia
Roman is known for clandestine forums under the names Bulba, Track2, 2pac, nCuX, etc. He himself dumped via POS Dumps, track2. Tv, bulba.cc, 2ras.ss – the last sold millions of dumps taken from erminalov Target stores, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, Staples and Home Depot, in the years 2013-2014 it was the largest store dumps on the Internet.
Roman Seleznev was declared wanted by Interpol with a “red notice”. He was detained at the airport in the resort town of Malé in the Maldives agents of US intelligence on to the computer fraud charges, hacking, hacking into bank accounts and kidnapping dumps credit cards and for the damage to citizens and organizations in the US of about $ 2 million. After that he was sent to the United States.
The Federal Court of the Western District in Seattle charged Roman with hacking the system of retail outlets throughout the US in 2009-2011. According to the charge, from his houses and apartments in Vladivostok, Indonesia and Bali he managed the sites of international card forums to facilitate the theft and sale of stolen credit card data. On the laptop Selezneva found 1.7 million dumps, and on bank accounts – more than $ 18 million dollars received as a result of illegal operations. These funds, in particular, two apartments in Bali worth $ 800 thousand were acquired.
The computer also found photos of Roman behind the wheel of different sports cars, as well as next to bundles of bills, similar to the 5000-ruble.
According to the proven episodes, Seleznev’s schemes allowed to resell more than two million credit cards, which led to losses for the US banking system in the amount of more than $ 170 million. Taking into account the overall work of Roman’s card forum, Then the total uberb may amount to billions of d Allars. Among the victims are 3,700 financial organizations and 500 companies around the world, mainly in the US. For this reason, federal prosecutors called Selezneva “biggest fish” from the carding of the world that ever fell into the hands of American justice.
In a handwritten letter to the court Roman talked about the problems of his difficult childhood in Vladivostok, on the materi- Alcoholic and the fact that at the age of 17 he barely had enough money for food and payment for utilities. These difficulties and forced to make “the biggest mistake in his life,” as Roman writes, that is, forced to do carding. He steals credit cards and other data that can be resold. Over time, he improved his hacking abilities and increased volumes. Then it became even more serious. He got rich, married Svetlana and moved to Bali. In general, a typical story of the Russian carder. The tragedy happened after the terrorist attack in Marrakech in 2011, where Roman knocked over a part of his head, he fell into a coma for a long time, his wife left and with all the money and daughter left for the US. After leaving the coma Roman returned to carding, met the Ukrainian woman Anna, who fell in love, and she still fights for him with the American justice.
The civil wife of the hacker Anna Otisko and father State Duma deputy Valery Seleznev after a press conference. Photo: ITAR-TASS
The US Secret Service hunted Roman Seleznev for more than ten years, judging by court documents. Search completed successfully detention in June 2014 in the Maldives
Curiously, the Maldives does not have an extradition treaty with the US, so novel it felt safe -. And acquired real estate. However, Interpol and the US Department of Justice through the State Department managed to negotiate with the law enforcement agencies of the Maldives to help with the detention of a Russian. For this purpose, a special plan was developed, according to which the hacker was detained at the airport right before boarding a plane flying to Russia.
The agents took Romana under surveillance immediately after he arrived on Male. During his return trip to the airport, he was already under close surveillance: several agents were sitting with him on the bus, a couple of rows behind him. As soon as Roman handed the passport to the control at the airport – he was immediately handcuffed.
Local authorities simultaneously announced the deportation of Roman from the country. Instead of an airplane, the US security services put the Russian into a private plane that took him to a prison on the American island of Guam, and from there he was transferred to the US
Deputy Seleznev subsequently offered $ 50,000 for videotaping his son’s detention and expressed his opinion , That economic sanctions should be imposed against the Maldives.
In August 2016, the jury found Seleznev’s proven fault for 38 episodes of the criminal case. Of these, ten concern cyber fraud and nine – unauthorized access to computer networks. The prosecutor asked Roman for 30 years in prison, but on 21 April 2017 the judge pronounced a sentence and was only 27 years old.
Memorandum of sentencing
“Today I’m alive and thank For this God for the government of the United States of America, – writes Roman. “I walked along a very deadly road until they arrested me.”
Roman Seleznev is also being charged by the Nevada and Georgia prosecutors. It is not yet known whether the sentence in the state of Washington will satisfy the prosecutors of these states, writes the NY Times.