Charges: Hacker stole thousands of local credit card numbers

SEATTLE -- A Russian hacker wanted for stealing thousands of credit card numbers from restaurants around the Puget Sound was arrested July 5 and transported to Guam to stand trial, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Roman Seleznev, known online as Track2, hacked into the computer systems of retail businesses around the United States between October 2009 and February 2011, installing malicious software in order to steal credit card numbers, according to an indictment filed in Western Washington District Court in 2011 that was made public upon Seleznev's arrest. Seleznev is also charged with hosting online forums used for distributing stolen credit card information.

According to the indictment, Seleznev victimized the Broadway Grill in Seattle, Grand Central Baking Company in Seattle, four Mad Pizza restaurants in Seattle and Tukwila, Village Pizza in Anacortes and Casa Mia Italian restaurant in Yelm.

Seleznev stole more than 32,000 credit card numbers, costing the banks nearly $2 million, from Broadway Grill alone, according to the indictment.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Seleznev, a Moscow resident, was investigated and arrested by the U.S. Secret Service.

“Cyber crooks should take heed: you cannot hide behind distant keyboards,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a press release. “We will bring you to face justice.”

Seleznev has been charged with 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 stolen credit card numbers, two counts of trafficking in stolen credit card numbers, and five counts of aggravated identity theft. He is also facing racketeering charges in Nevada.