Russian lawmaker's son pleads guilty to hacking in USA

Russian lawmaker's son pleads guilty to hacking in USA
Roman Seleznev Photo: U.S. Department of Justice

Roman Seleznev, the son of the State Duma deputy from the LDPR, pleaded guilty to hacking expecting the verdict that Seattle court is to render.⁠

As RIA Novosti reports referring to court documents, Roman Seleznev, the son of State Duma deputy from the LDPR Valery Seleznev, wrote an 11-page letter in which he gave confessions and asked for forgiveness for his actions.

"I, Roman Seleznev, want to say: I am wrong and I am sorry. I hope that one day I will be released from prison. I will work very hard to pay my debt to the victims and society. I will work honestly", – the Russian promised.

In August 2016 Seleznev was found guilty by a jury trial. In particular, the case was about the Russian’s involvement in cyber crime and causing damage in the amount of $170 million. According to the prosecutor's office, the hacker stole roughly three million credit card numbers.

The US Department of Homeland Security indicated that Seleznev acted under pseudonym Track 2 and hacked the sites of various American institutions, including Phoenix Zoo. There he obtained data on credit cards, which he later resold.

Americans have been seeking for Seleznev since 2011, when the first charges were brought against him. It is believed that it was then that Roman Seleznev stole data from 140.000 credit card holders, resold card numbers and earned about $2 million this way.

The verdict to Seleznev is to be announced on April, 21. As pointed out by RIA Novosti, the prosecution insists on a period of 30 years. At the same time, prosecutors say that the Russian had previously refused to cooperate with the investigation, and his confession, given after the jury's decision, should not be taken into account.

Seleznev was detained in July 2014 in the Maldives, where he rested, and extradited to the United States. Deputy Seleznev said that his son Roman was indeed kidnapped by the US authorities.

The Russian MIA regarded the arrest of Roman Seleznev as an unfriendly act by the United States.

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