Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam has denied a motion to release a Russian man accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses.

U.S. District Court Chief Frances Judge Tydingco-Gatewood made the ruling on Thursday involving defendant Roman Seleznev, who faces charges in Washington state.

Documents filed in federal court in Seattle allege Seleznev hacked into retailers' computers, installed malicious software and stole credit card numbers from 2009 to 2011.

Seleznev is son of a prominent Russian lawmaker Valery Seleznev.

Seleznev's girlfriend, Anna Otisko, said she was with him when he was grabbed by unknown men at an airport in the Maldives, a remote island nation in the Indian Ocean. He was then put on a plane to the U.S. territory of Guam.

His lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the case.

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