In August 2016, the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice (DOJ) secured the successful conviction of a 32-year-old Russian hacker named Roman Valeryevich Seleznev who was charged with 38 counts of computer and computer-related crimes. The DOJ had alleged that the accused undertook an elaborate scheme to “hack into point-of-sale computers to steal credit card numbers and sell them on dark market websites” (DOJ, 2017). Subsequently, in April of 2017, Mr. Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison for his vices that were estimated to have resulted in damages worth more than $169 million (DOJ, 2017). His crimes inflicted said damages primarily on financial institutions and small businesses in the U.S. The DOJ secured the conviction in the Western District of Washington where a U.S. District Judge imposed the 27-year sentence. Additionally, Mr. Seleznev is also under a separate indictment in the District of Nevada where he is charged as a co-conspirator in a “racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO)” and is currently awaiting trial (DOJ, 2017).
The decision to prosecute and the subsequent successful conviction and sentencing were based on concrete evidence that was developed by investigators and prosecutors. All investigations relied on contemporary and empirical demonstration of how the accused utilized malware which enabled him to steal data from unsuspecting victims before funneling the loot into servers that he controlled in Russia, Ukraine, and in the U.S. State of Virginia (Al Jazeera, 2017). Evidently, Mr. Seleznev’s case sent a strong warning to other perpetrators of cybercrime globally regarding the willingness of the U.S. to exert the full force of the American justice system on cybercriminals who victimize American citizens from afar. More importantly, the case demonstrates the ability of multiagency efforts to unearth, investigate, and curb even the most sophisticated and expansive cybercriminal enterprises with transnational implications.
Al Jazeera (2017). Russian hacker Roman Seleznev sentenced to 27 years. Retrieved from https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/russian-hacker-roman-seleznev-sentenced-27-years-170422053546136.html
DOJ (2017). Russian cyber-criminal sentenced to 27 years in prison for hacking and credit card fraud scheme. Retrieved from https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/russian-cyber-criminal-sentenced-27-years-prison-hacking-and-credit-card-fraud-scheme
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