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Russian Hacker Wanted
February 26, 2015 17:04


The FBI offered a reward of $ 3 million for a Russian hacker.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced a reward of up to three million dollars for the information making it possible to arrest the Russian citizen Evgeny Bogachev suspected of cyber fraud. This was reported on the official website of the FBI on Tuesday, February 24.

According to the FBI, Bogachev is known online under pseudonyms “lucky12345” and “slavik”. He is suspected of involvement into large-scale blackmailing, as well as infection of computers with Zeus virus which was used for obtaining bank account numbers, passwords and other data needed for access to electronic bank accounts. The investigation of the case on thefts of money from bank accounts with the use of the virus began in the summer of 2009.

In September 2011the FBI became aware of the modified version of the virus - Gameover Zeus. It is assumed that it infected more than a million computers, resulting in the theft of more than one hundred million dollars. The FBI knows that the last place of residence of Bogachev was the Russian city of Anapa, he also owns property in Krasnodar. “We know that he loves boating and may sail along the shore of the Black Sea on his boat” - the announcement of the “most wanted” section of the website said.

At the end of August 2012 Bogachev was officially charged with crime under his pseudonym “lucky12345” in May 2014 – under his real name. As Reuters Agency reported, referring to a senior official of the Bureau, the FBI has data on 60 groups of hackers who threaten the United States. According to the Head of the FBI’s Cybercrime Department Joseph Demarest, within one month after the first message was received from Sony Pictures, the Bureau came to a conclusion that it was a large-scale cyber attack initiated by North Korea.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Evgeny Bogachev Russian Hacker    

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