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Russian Charged by U.S. as Hacker Is Duma Member’s Son

The son of a Russian lawmaker has been arrested by the U.S. on charges of selling credit card information he stole by hacking into the computers of American retailers.

Roman Seleznev, 30, was arrested overseas by the U.S. Secret Service on July 5 and was ordered detained today during a hearing in federal court in Guam, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Seleznev is the son of Valery Seleznev, a member of the Duma, Russia’s parliament, according to two U.S. law enforcement officials who requested anonymity because they were not permitted to discuss a continuing investigation.

The Justice Department declined to say where Seleznev was arrested. He was indicted in March 2011 on charges of bank fraud and computer hacking. The indictment, which was unsealed today, alleged that Seleznev was part of a hacking scheme that operated between 2009 and 2011.

The indictment alleged that Seleznev and others stole more than 200,000 credit card numbers. During a three-month span ending in February 2011, the indictment alleges, Seleznev and others sold more than 140,000 credit card numbers in online forums, generating at least a $2 million profit. Losses to financial institutions hit by the hacking operation exceeded $1.2 million, the indictment says.

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