The Russian man accused in a widespread hacking operation that affected many on Capitol Hill in 2010 made his first appearance in a Seattle courtroom on Friday afternoon.
Roman Seleznev, 30, was arraigned in the downtown federal courthouse after a federal judge in Guam ordered his transfer from the island to Seattle earlier in August. He was ordered to remain in custody and no further court dates have been set, according to court documents.
Seleznev was indicted in Seattle in 2011 for hacking into point of sales systems at Washington restaurants, including a data breach in 2010 that involved stealing credit card information from hundreds of customers of Capitol Hill’s Broadway Grill.
While Seleznev was indicted in 2011, he wasn’t taken into custody until July 5th. DOJ representatives won’t say how the suspect was ultimately captured or how he ultimately arrived in Guam. The arrest of Seleznev, the son of a member of Russia’s Duma, set off international protest as his home nation called his seizure a kidnapping part of a string of disputes with the US over cybercrime.
“Cyber-criminals should take heed: distance will not protect you from the reach of justice. We will investigate, we will locate, and we will bring foreign hackers to stand trial,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a statement.
According to the 2011 indictment, Seleznev’s hack of the Broadway Grill point of sale system resulted in at least $1.7 million in losses to banks and credit card companies. Seleznev’s charges include 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 unauthorized access devices, and two counts of trafficking those devices. He also faces five counts of aggravated identity theft.