Russian arrested in hacking case filed in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Secret Service arrested a Russian man who is accused of hacking store computers to steal thousands of credit card numbers.

The agency isn’t say where the Moscow man, Roman Valerevich Seleznev, 30, was arrested Saturday, but he was transported to Guam for an initial court appearance and detained for a July 22 hearing.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle said an indictment unsealed Monday charges him with bank fraud, obtaining information from a protected computer, possessing stolen credit cards and identity theft.

Investigators said he installed malicious software to steal credit numbers, using computer servers all over the world.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan in Seattle said the arrest shows cyber crooks cannot hide behind distant keyboards.

Seleznez also is charged in a similar but separate indictment in Nevada.

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