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DOJ: Russian ‘Superhacker’ Gets 27 Years in Prison

The Russian “superhacker” who stole and sold millions of credit-card numbers, reportedly causing more than $169 million worth of damage to businesses and financial institutions, was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison. As The Daily Beast previously reported, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, aka Track2, son of a prominent Russian lawmaker, was convicted last year on 38 counts of computer intrusion and credit-card fraud. “This investigation, conviction and sentence demonstrates that the United States will bring the full force of the American justice system upon cybercriminals like Seleznev who victimize U.S. citizens and companies from afar,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said in a statement. “And we will not tolerate the existence of safe havens for these crimes – we will identify cybercriminals from the dark corners of the Internet and bring them to justice.”