Russian cyber-criminal who sold stolen credit card data and other
personal information through the identity theft and credit card fraud
ring known as “Carder.su” pleaded guilty yesterday in two separate
criminal cases to one count of participation in a racketeering
enterprise and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth
A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S.
Attorney Steven W. Myhre of the District of Nevada, U.S. Attorney John
A. Horn of the Northern District of Georgia, Assistant Special Agent in
Charge Michael Harris of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) and Special Agent in Charge Brian Spellacy of the U.S. Secret Service in Las Vegas made the announcement.
Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, aka Track2,
aka Bulba, aka Ncux, 33, entered guilty pleas in both criminal cases at a
hearing before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones of the Northern
District of Georgia. Seleznev pleaded guilty to one count of
participation in a racketeering enterprise pursuant to an indictment
returned in the District of Nevada, and one count of conspiracy to
commit bank fraud pursuant to an indictment returned in the Northern
District of Georgia. He will be sentenced on December 11.
In connection with his guilty plea in the
Nevada case, Seleznev admitted that he became associated with the
Carder.su organization in January 2009. According to Seleznev’s
admissions in his plea agreement, Carder.su was an Internet-based,
international criminal enterprise whose members trafficked in
compromised credit card account data and counterfeit identifications and
committed identity theft, bank fraud and computer crimes. Seleznev
admitted that the group tried to protect the anonymity and the security
of the enterprise from both rival organizations and law enforcement. For
example, members communicated through various secure and encrypted
forums, such as chatrooms, private messaging systems, encrypted email,
proxies and encrypted virtual private networks. Gaining membership in
the group required the recommendation of two current members in good
Seleznev further admitted that he sold
compromised credit card account data and other personal identifying
information to fellow Carder.su members. The
defendant sold members such a large volume of product that he created an
automated website, which he advertised on the Carder.su organization’s
websites. His automated website allowed members to log into and purchase
stolen credit card account data. The defendant’s website had a simple
interface that allowed members to search for the particular type of
credit card information they wanted to buy, add the number of accounts
they wished to purchase to their “shopping cart” and upon check out,
download the purchased credit card information. Payment of funds was
automatically deducted from an established account funded through L.R.,
an on-line digital currency payment system. Seleznev admitted that he
sold each account number for approximately $20. The Carder.su
organization’s criminal activities resulted in loss to its victims of at
In connection with his guilty plea in the Northern
District of Georgia case, Seleznev admitted that he acted as a “casher”
who worked with hackers to coordinate a scheme to defraud an
Atlanta-based company that processed credit and debit card transactions
on behalf of financial institutions. Seleznev admitted that pursuant to
the scheme, in November 2008, hackers infiltrated the company’s
computer systems and stole 45.5 million debit card numbers, certain of
which they used to fraudulently withdraw over $9.4 million from 2,100
ATMs in 280 cities around the world in less than 12 hours.
Fifty-five individuals were charged in
four separate indictments in Operation Open Market, which targeted the
Carder.su organization. To date, 33individuals have been convicted and
the rest are either fugitives or are pending trial.
The cases were investigated by HSI and
the U.S. Secret Service. The Nevada case is being prosecuted by Trial
Attorney Catherine Dick of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and
Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly M. Frayn of the
District of Nevada. The Northern District of Georgia case is being
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kamal Ghali of the Northern
District of Georgia.
Seleznev is also a defendant in a wire
fraud and computer hacking case brought by the Department of Justice in
the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. On Aug.
25, 2016, a federal jury convicted Seleznev of 38 counts related to his
role in a scheme to hack into point-of-sale computers to steal and sell
credit card numbers to the criminal underworld. On April 21, Seleznev
was sentenced to 27 years in prison for those crimes.