Russian hackers charged in sweeping malware attack on U.S.2019-12-06 18:38 by Daniela
Federal prosecutors have filed charges against two Russian nationals accused of carrying out one of the largest cybercrime sprees in history, orchestrating a string of attacks on computer systems in the United States and targeting victims in at least 11 states.
The organization called "Evil Corp" have stolen in excess of $100 million using banking malware. There's even a $5 million reward for information on the hacking group leader, Maksim Yakubets.
The feds are especially interested in Yakubets because the sanction now officially ties him not just to Evil Corp, but to the Russian government. He was working for the Russian intelligence service, the FSB, in 2017, and has since been tasked with doing projects for them. The Russian hacker is also alleged to have used the Zeus malware to successfully steal more than $70 million from victims' bank accounts. Prosecutors said the Zeus scheme was "one of the most outrageous cybercrimes in history."
"Maksim Yakubets allegedly has engaged in a decade-long cybercrime spree that deployed two of the most damaging pieces of financial malware ever used and resulted in tens of millions of dollars of losses to victims worldwide," said US Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.
Evil Corp used phishing schemes to insert Dridex, Bugat and other malware files on a victims' computers, gaining access to identities, passwords, and ultimately bank accounts, from which they then transferred millions of dollars to themselves.
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