Russian MP's son convicted of card hacking

Russian MP's son convicted of card hacking

The son of a Russian lawmaker has been convicted in a US court of the theft and sale of millions of credit card numbers.

A jury found Roman Seleznev guilty of 38 of 40 charges relating to a hacking scheme that targeted pizza chains in Washington state. He is set to be sentenced on 2 December.

Prosecutors say that between 2009 and 2013 Seleznev hacked into point-of-sale systems, stealing more than 2.9 million credit card numbers that were sold on carding forums and then used for fraudulent purchases that caused losses of over $169 million.

Seleznev, the son of a member of the lower house of Russia’s parliament, was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 after being tracked by the US Secret Service for nearly a decade. At the time, Russia called the arrest a "kidnapping" according to Reuters.

The Russian's lawyer, John Henry Browne, told Reuters that he plans to appeal and challenge the "illegal" arrest.

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