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Justice Department takes down Russian cybercrime kingpin

The proprietor of the infamous "2pac" underground credit fraud marketplace, Roman Seleznev, was arrested earlier this week. He was picked up by federal agents while vacationing in Guam.

Seleznev was indicted on suspicions of his involvement in a string of restaurant hacks between 2009 and 2011.

Seleznev's credit marketplace, 2pac, was known for its customer service.

Known as "nCux" or "Bulba" in hacker circles, Seleznev will face 12 felony counts when he gets his day of court. What makes this arrest so important? Well, his arrest actually shut down his credit card marketplace for a month.

Until early this month, 2pac has been down for the count. Here's what Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity found when he went to the site :

Dear customers. We apologize for the inconvenience that you are experiencing now by the fact that there are no updates and [credit card] checker doesn’t work. This is due to the fact that our boss had a car accident and he is in hospital. We will solve all problems as soon as possible. Support always available, thank you for your understanding.

Steps like this mean that not only are identity thieves getting their just deserts, but that they can't operate without leadership.

And after the massive number of data breaches in the past few weeks, the good guys could definitely use a win.

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