(Washington, D.C.) On July 5, 2014 the U.S. Secret Service arrested Roman Valerevich
Seleznev. A Russian national, Seleznev was indicted in the Western District of Washington in March 2011 for hacking intopoint of sale systems at retailers throughout the United States between October 2009 and February 2011.
“This important arrest sends a clear message: despite the increasingly borderless nature of
transitional organized crime, the long arm of justice – and this Department – will continue to
disrupt and dismantle sophisticated criminal organizations,” said Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeh Johnson. “This arrest reflects the hard work by the U.S. Secret Service and our interagency
and international partners, and we must continue close collaboration with the law enforcement
community to counter this ever evolving threat.”
According to the indictment, Seleznev hacked into point of sale systems throughout the United
States and operated servers and international carding forum websites to facilitate the theft and
sale of stolen credit card data. Seleznev, known as “Track2” in the criminal carding
underground, remains in custody pending trial.
“Secret Service agents utilize state-of-the-art investigative techniques to identify and pursue
cyber criminals around the world. This scheme involved multiple network intrusions and data
thefts for illicit financial gain. The adverse impact this individual and other transnational
organized criminal groups have on our nation’s financial infrastructure is significant and should
not be underestimated,” said Julia Pierson, Director of the U.S. Secret Service.
The charges in the indictment include five counts of bank fraud, eight counts of intentionally
causing damage to a protected computer, eight counts of obtaining information from a protected
computer, one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, two counts of