Feds arrest alleged trafficker of stolen financial info


McClatchy Washington Bureau

The U.S. Secret Service announced Monday the arrest of a Russian citizen alleged to have orchestrated the hacking of U.S. retailers to steal the financial information of ordinary Americans.

The actual arrest was Saturday, when secret service agents nabbed Roman Valerevich Seleznev, wanted for hacking into the point-of-sale systems of U.S. retailers to allegedly steal personal data. The agency did not say where Seleznev, nicknamed Track2 in underworld circles, was apprehended. His arrest followed a multi-agency investigation.

The Department of Justice said in its own news release that Seleznev was taken to Guam, a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean near the Philippines, for an initial court hearing. He was ordered held without bond until the next hearing on July 22.

Seleznev was indicted in the Western District of Washington back in March 2011, for crimes alleged to have occured between October 2009 and February 2011. The indictment charges Seleznev with operating servers and websites devoted to aiding the theft and sale of stolen credit card data from retailers in Seattle and elsewhere.

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