Russian faces further counts in POS hacking case

Russian faces further counts in POS hacking case

A Russian man accused of hacking into point-of-sale terminals and selling stolen card data on online forums has had a batch of new charges thrown at him ahead of his trial in a US court next month.

A federal grand jury in Seattle has returned a second superseding indictment charging Roman Valerevich Seleznev, aka 'Track2', with 11 additional counts, bringing the total to 40.

Seleznev is accused of involvement in the theft of more than two million card numbers, hacking into POS systems and installing malware to steal the data, and operating several forums where crooks bought and sold the information. He is even accused of creating a website offering a tutorial on how to use stolen credit card numbers to commit crime.

He was indicted back in 2011 but only appeared for arraignment in US federal court in Seattle this August after being transferred from Guam. At the time he entered pleas of not guilty.

Now, another 11 counts have been added to the book, for which he will be arraigned next week ahead of a trial scheduled for 3 November.

Assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell says: "The additions in this superseding indictment show how cybercriminals use the Internet not only to infiltrate and steal sensitive data, but also to teach other criminals how to navigate the credit-card selling underworld and get equipment that can be used to defraud US citizens."

The Russian national has also been charged in an indictment filed in the District of Nevada, alleging that he and 54 others were members of the '' organisation.

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