Russian government protests US arrest of politician’s son on cyber crime charges

The US has arrested a Russian politician's son over hacking charges

Russia’s foreign ministry has protested the US Secret Service’s arrest of Roman Seleznyov in the Maldives.

The Secret Service announced the arrest earlier this week, and accused Seleznyov – whose father is Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) member Valery Seleznyov – of hacking into point-of-sale terminals in the US.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement: “This important arrest sends a clear message. Despite the increasingly borderless nature of transitional organised crime, the long arm of justice – and this Department – will continue to disrupt and dismantle sophisticated criminal organisations.

“This arrest reflects the hard work by the US Secret Service and our inter-agency and international partners, and we must continue close collaboration with the law-enforcement community to counter this ever-evolving threat.”

Seleznyov, who used the online moniker Track2, faces a number of charges. The Secret Service lists these as 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 unauthorised access devices, two counts of trafficking unauthorised access devices, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.

He is also charged in a separate indictment in the District of Nevada in a case involving racketeering.

In a statement the Russian Foreign Ministry disputed the accusations, and called the arrest an act of aggression. “We regard this as an unfriendly move,” it said, and accused the US of breaking a 1999 mutual legal assistance agreement.

Last month the US issued an arrest warrant against another Russian citizen, Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, alleged to be one of the ringleaders behind the notorious Gameover Zeus malware.

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