Russian hacker gets 27 years in prison2017-04-24 12:23 by Daniela
A Russian hacker has been sentenced in Seattle to 27 years in prison. The 32-year-old hacker stole millions of payment card details from more than 500 businesses by infecting their point-of-sale (PoS) systems with malware. This happened between 2009 and 2013.
The stolen data was then sent to servers he controlled in Russia, the Ukraine, and Virginia before being bundled and sold to buyers who would then use the credit card numbers to make fraudulent purchases.
Prosecutors said Seleznev deserved the harsh sentence because he was "a pioneer" who helped grow the market for stolen credit card data and because he "became one of the most revered point-of-sale hackers in the criminal underworld."
"This investigation, conviction and sentence demonstrates that the United States will bring the full force of the American justice system upon cybercriminals like Seleznev who victimize U.S. citizens and companies from afar," Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said in a statement.
"And we will not tolerate the existence of safe havens for these crimes – we will identify cybercriminals from the dark corners of the Internet and bring them to justice," he added.
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