The Latest: Jury gets case of Russian accused of hacking

The Latest on the trial of a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

A federal prosecutor says digital fingerprints left all over a crime scene belong to a Russian man who made millions of dollars selling credit card numbers he stole from U.S. businesses.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Barbosa told a federal jury in closing arguments Wednesday that investigators linked malware found on the hacked businesses to Roman Seleznev. They also linked him to the servers that held the stolen credit card numbers. And when agents arrested Seleznev in the Maldives in 2014, authorities say they found 1.7 million stolen credit card numbers on his laptop.

Barbosa said Seleznev was one of the most prolific credit card traffickers in history.

But Seleznev's lawyer, Emma Scanlan told the jury that they should question whether the government had actually made a definitive connection between the hacks and Seleznev. Scanlan also said the U.S. Secret Service mishandled his laptop so evidence taken from it is suspect.

The jury began deliberating just after noon Wednesday.


8:47 a.m.

Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers will make their closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information.

Prosecutors say Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, made millions of dollars selling the data.

His lawyer, John Henry Browne, argues that the government failed to properly store Seleznev's laptop after he was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 and that evidence on it shouldn't be used against Seleznev.

Browne called only one witness during the trial that started last week: an expert who testified that the laptop was accessed while it was stored at a Secret Service office.

An expert then testified for prosecutors that the only activity on the laptop was its anti-virus system and software maintenance.