Russian Cybercriminal Sentenced to 27 Years for Credit Card Theft

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  1. Bees

    Bees [H]ard|Gawd

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    A decade-long investigation, 2014 arrest, and lengthy trial have come to a close today as Russian hacker Roman Valerevich Seleznev was sentenced to serve 27 years in U.S. Federal prison. 3,700 financial institutions and 500 business were victimized by the credit card and identity theft ring which Seleznev had operated out of homes located in Bali, Indonesia, and Russia.

    Federal investigators detained Seleznev at the airport of Maldives – an island country which worked with the State Department, though no extradition treaty exists – with a laptop containing 1.7 million credit card numbers. Other seized items included pictures of Seleznev living a lavish lifestyle, as well as him posed with stacks of Russian currency.

    Leading up to sentencing, an 11-page handwritten letter was submitted to the federal court by Seleznev admitting guilt and apologizing for his crimes. Prosecutors recommended a 30-year sentence. One could conclude he and his attorney, were attempting to play at the emotions of the judge presiding over the case, especially after this statement:

    "Mr. Seleznev is ready at any time to use his experience and skills in helping the government stopping cybercrime," attorney Igor Litvak wrote.

    It sounds like Mr. Seleznev could have used a better attorney during the plea bargain stage of the case, since he is offering to help the government after the sentencing phase had already begun.
     
  2. ZLoth

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    It looks like the credit card bill finally came due, and a bad credit score was the least of this guy's worries.
     
  3. Pieter3dnow

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    Sounds promising for that other Russian hacking endeavour that took place last year :)
     
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    The one that did not happen?
     
  6. midnightfrolic

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    And how much of the stolen money are recovered? I guessing none.
     
  7. Axehandler

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    I wonder if it was like this...



    Or more like this?

     
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  8. Smashing Young Man

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    Russia just makes me sad. The people are clever and have good hearts on a personal level. But corruption is so much of the warp and weft of their culture that they are terribly hobbled. They could contribute so much otherwise. It is a tragedy.
     
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    A dangerous generalization that may not be exactly representative of reality.
     
  10. Flapjack

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    Filthy communist. He's supposed to give all the money to the government for redistribution.
     
  11. Vicinity

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    He has failed his fellow communists.
     
  12. Flapjack

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    Lol. He just got caught.