In the United States begins the trial of the son of State Duma deputy Roman Seleznev
On Monday, a trial of Roman Seleznev, a Russian citizen, the son of a State Duma deputy from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Valery Seleznev, opened in Seattle. The charges against him are related to financial fraud and consist of 40 items.
The defendant, who acted under such nicknames as Psikh and Bulba, is accused of breaking into computers of cash registers of many American shops and restaurants, installing malware in them that stole credit card details of their clients and periodically sent them to Seleznev, and then trading them on their automated sites.
The federal prosecutor's office of the Western District of Washington, in which most of the affected firms were located, estimated that the damage to the defendants amounts to at least $ 170 million.
As follows from the telephone conversations of Seleznev, which are officially recorded by the prison administration, he is counting on the election of Donald Trump as president, hoping that he can be more supportive of sending Seleznev to his homeland.
According to prosecutors, the Russian has repeatedly tried to delay the beginning of the process and, in particular, 4 has changed lawyers times.
American investigators rank Seleznev among the class of "carders", that is, persons who trade in computer hacking in order to steal credit card details and then trade them on their specialized forums.
The scams incriminated to Seleznev in Seattle refer to the 2007-2014 years. In April, 2011, Roman Seleznev, was seriously injured in a terrorist attack in Morocco.
Giants such as Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, Staples and Home Depot were reportedly among the carder-ripped stores.
In the summer of 2010, police detective Seattle David Dunn, who will now be the main prosecution witness at the Seleznev trial, was instructed to investigate the hacking of Schlotzky's grocery's cash register computers in Idaho.
Dunn established that the data stolen there was sold on the Bulba and Track-2 websites. The detective then investigated the break-ins at two pizzerias and a Seattle bakery and found that their checkout equipment had the same malware installed as the one in the Idaho store.
Investigators managed to find out what servers and mail accounts the owner of the Track-2 website used. In cases where the elements of this infrastructure were located in the United States, the investigators had the opportunity to conduct searches and found out that it was Seleznev who was hiding under the nicknames “Psych”, Track-2 and “Bulba”.
Roman Seleznev denies the guilt and complains that the Americans kidnapped him in July 2014 in the Maldives, where he was on vacation.
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