A Russian man was convicted Thursday on 38 counts related to hacking point-of-sale systems and stealing credit card information from as many as 1.7 million people in the United States.
The 32-year-old Roman Seleznev was convicted on 10 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of intentional damage to a protected computer, nine counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, nine counts of possessing unauthorized devices, and two counts of aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a statement.
According to testimony and court documents, Seleznev breached point-of-sale systems, largely belonging to small businesses, from October 2009 to October 2013 using a server based in Russia. Prosecutors highlighted one, the Broadway Grill in Seattle, that was forced to declare bankruptcy following the attack.
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Seleznev was taken into custody in July 2014 in the Maldives. He faces a separate indictment for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as additional counts related to the hacking.
The FBI has warned that electronic small business fraud comprises a growing portion of virtual crime, though Chinese hackers remain mostly responsible.