Russian man gets longest-ever US hacking sentence, 27 years in prison

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Russian hacker Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison today. He was convicted of causing more than $169 million in damage by hacking into point-of-sale computers.

Seleznev, aka “Track2,” would hack into computers belonging to both small businesses and large financial institutions, according to prosecutors. He was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 with a laptop that had more than 1.7 million credit card numbers. After an August 2016 trial, Seleznev was convicted on 38 counts, including wire fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft.

The government law enforcement authorities asked for 30 years of prison time, so the awarded sentence is pretty close to that. According to the New York Times, it is the “longest sentence handed down for hacking-related charges in the United States.”

Seleznev is the son of Russian Parliamentarian and Vladimir Putin ally Valery Seleznev. Russian officials described Roman Seleznev’s 2014 arrest in the Maldives as a “kidnapping”.

The Times reports Seleznev’s sentence is the longest sentence for hacking charges ever handed down in the US.

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