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posted Friday, July 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 28
The Grill on Broadway credit card thieves caught after years-long investigation
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The Grill on Broadway credit card thieves caught after years-long investigation

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'Thanks for the memories ...' that is the sentiment that former owner of one of the Gayborhood's most recognizable eateries, The Grill on Broadway, Matthew Walsh left as a goodbye note when the grill cooked its last meal and served its last drink on April 28, 2012.

And there were many memories created at The Grill on Broadway (and formerly The Broadway Grill) since it opened in 1991. When the Pride Parade was still on the Hill, floats passed by its doors. Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated within its walls. The Grill on Broadway was a part of the very fabric that made up Capitol Hill in those days. So yes, memories were made.

But not all memories are good. And, unfortunately for The Grill's customers and (as it turned out) management and owners, a bad memory was forged in 2010 when someone hacked into the credit card banking system and stole from hundreds of The Grill's customers.

What's more? They cleaned out the restaurant's operational bank accounts as well. Years went by and federal investigations all seemed to go nowhere. It was surely an imperfect crime - hacking is nothing new. But it was, as it seemed, pulled off perfectly.

Or was it?

Early this week, federal agents reported they have brought down the leader of an international computer hacking ring that targeted several businesses in Seattle and across the country.

'We lost 40 percent of return customers overnight,' CJ Saretto, one of the former business partners of The Grill on Broadway, told KIRO 7. 'We spent two and a half years trying to win those customers back.'

Saretto and Walsh had only owned The Grill for three months when the massive blow was dealt to the company's reputation - and capital - as scores of customers turned up complaining their credit card numbers had been stolen.

'And we lost the trust of our customers. That was huge, and for us, it was an unrecoverable blow to the business,' Saretto said.

Now, the major breakthrough in the case explains what happened. Federal agents have arrested a suspected Russian cyber-thief who they accuse of illegally accessing computer systems across the United States.

'There is no refuge,' said U.S Attorney Jenny Durkan. 'If you are going to commit crimes against people in the United States, being in a foreign country is not going to protect you.'

Durkan said between 2009 and 2011, Roman Seleznev hacked into retailers' computer systems and inserted malware to collect customer credit card data.

'You'll see these hackers will look for the most vulnerable parts of a system, and often that will be the point of sale, places where they swipe the credit cards,' Durkan said.

Seleznev is accused of then selling those card numbers to other identity thieves to earn millions of dollars. Prosecutors said Seleznev stole data from several Mad Pizza locations, from the Grand Central Baking Company in Pioneer Square and from other businesses across the country.

To The Grill on Broadway's credit, once the problem was discovered, they took steps to correct it.

'And it never did happen again at The Grill, but once the damage was done it was pretty tough,' Saretto said.

Currently, Seleznev is in federal custody on the island of Guam and will eventually be brought to Seattle to face charges.

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