Russia accuses US of “kidnapping” suspected credit card hack kingpin

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The U.S. Secret Service has arrested an alleged Russian hacker by the name of Roman Seleznev who, it turns out, is the son of Russian parliamentarian Valery Seleznev. Russia is not pleased.

Seleznev the Younger is believed to have been involved in the theft and sale of credit card data on online forums. According to his three-year-old indictment, which has only just been made public following his detention, he was part of a group that stole data from point-of-sale devices, including those in restaurants such as the Broadway Grill in Seattle (which subsequently went bust due to negative publicity).

The hacker, whose first court appearance was in the U.S. territory of Guam, allegedly went by a variety of handles including “Track2” and “Bulba.” Security expert Brian Krebs wrote on Tuesday that Bulba’s website sold to bulk buyers, who would pay between $8 and $13 per card, depending on the…

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