US Announces Arrest of Russian National in Credit Card Theft Scam
U.S. officials say a Russian national is in custody on charges linked to the theft and resale of tens of thousands of consumer credit card numbers.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Roman Valerevich Seleznev, appeared Monday in a U.S. court in Guam, where he was ordered held while awaiting another hearing July 22.
The U.S. Justice Department provided no details on the circumstances of Seleznev's arrest. But authorities say he was charged in a secret 2011 indictment that remained sealed until his capture Saturday at an undisclosed location.
That indictment alleges Seleznev installed malicious software to steal credit card numbers from an array of retail computer systems, including restaurants and other outlets in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington.
It accuses Seleznev of stealing more than 200,000 credit card numbers between November 2010 and February 2011. It also alleges he and his partners sold 140,000 of those numbers on underground websites, in a scheme that generated about $2 million in profits.
Authorities say Seleznev is known as "Track2" in the computer hacking world.
Former players of the U.S. National Football League (NFL) suffering from years of hard hits to the head got good news Monday when a federal judge ruled in their favor on compensation claims.
The ruling comes about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages for head injury claims, including brain damage and dementia.
More than 20,000 retired players can now vote on the settlement. Lawyers for more than 4,500 former players had sued the league.
The federal judge in Philadelphia argued that the new "uncapped" settlement "ensures that there are sufficient funds available to pay all claims through the 65-year term of the settlement, and improves the manner in which diagnoses are made to protect against fraud."
A top NFL official called the decision comprehensive and said the league will work with the plaintiffs to implement the terms. Retired players who have or develop profound neurological problems could receive $1 million or more.