Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Russian gets 27 years for hacking


SEATTLE — A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament.

Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in restitutio­n for hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites.

Before his sentencing, Seleznev apologized and urged U.S. District Judge Richard Jones to consider his medical problems, the result of injuries he suffered in a terrorist bombing in 2011 in Morroco. But the judge told Seleznev the bombing “was an invitation to … recognize you were given a second chance in life.” Instead, the judge said, Seleznev “amassed a fortune” at others’ expense.

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