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Reward announced for cyber fugitive
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program, has announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a prolific cyber criminal. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev has been charged with numerous violations for his role as an administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet.
The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts. It is believed GameOver Zeus is responsible for more than one million computer infections, resulting in financial losses of more than $100 million.
“Due to the work of the FBI and its partners, Gameover Zeus has been neutralized and is out of the criminals’ hands and Cryptolocker remains non-operational,” stated Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. “But one significant part of the puzzle remains incomplete, as Bogachev remains at large. Although we were able to significantly disrupt the Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker criminal enterprise, we have not yet brought Bogachev himself to justice.”
Bogachev is on the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted list and is believed to be at large in Russia.
“We must not allow international borders to shield criminals from the law. As more nations join the fight against international cybercrime, the number of countries once perceived as sanctuaries is shrinking, and will continue to shrink,” added Caldwell.
The TOC reward offer reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. government to bring those who participate in organized crime to justice, whether they hide online or overseas.
Bogachev was charged in 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering in connection with his alleged role as an administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet. Bogachev was also indicted by criminal complaint in Omaha, NE in 2012 and charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud related to his alleged involvement in the operation of a prior variant of Zeus malware known as Jabber Zeus.