The FBI has updated its ‘most wanted’ list to include a number of cyber criminals, offering rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to their arrest. Charged with committing fraud, money laundering, and identity theft that have resulted in financial losses of hundreds of millions of dollars, the below are some of the nation’s most sought-after criminals.
EVGENIY MIKHAILOVICH BOGACHEV
Also known as ‘lucky12345’ and ‘slavik’, Bogachev is accused of running last year’s GameOver Zeus attack, which is thought to have infected more than one million computers worldwide. The attack tricked users into downloading malware, which was then used to steal bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts.
The FBI has offered a $3 million reward for information on the Russian hacker, who allegedly stole more than $100 million last year in a major cyber crime operation.
This is the largest amount that US authorities have ever offered in a cyber crime case, and Bogachev is one of the FBI’s most wanted cyber criminals.
Reward: $3 million
Popescu and his accomplices posted items for sale on auction sites that didn’t really exist, and then sent fraudulent invoices to customers, appearing to be from legitimate online payment services. The money was then wired to their bank accounts.
Reward: $1 million
Members of the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China
SUN KAILIANG, HUANG ZHENYU, WEN XINYU, WANG DONG, and GU CHUNHUI are all believed to have been officers in China’s army at some point and are charged with conspiring to penetrate the computer networks of six American companies. They allegedly stole sensitive information including email exchanges among company employees and trade secrets related to technical specifications for nuclear plant designs.
The members ran their operation by sending malicious emails to employees, taking control of their computers to extract the information.
Belan is charged with computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, and fraud in connection with a computer. He is believed to have intruded into the computer networks of three major US-based e-commerce companies in Nevada and California. Belan allegedly stole the user data from these companies and then negotiated its sale.
Defrauding Internet users of more than $2 million, Sahurovs is wanted for his alleged involvement in an international cyber crime scheme. Acting as an advertising agency, Sahurovs advertised a fictitious hotel chain on a newspaper’s website. When clicked on, the advertisements infected users’ computers with malware. Victims then had to purchase antivirus software from Sahurovs to regain control of their computers.
SHAILESHKUMAR P. JAIN and BJORN DANIEL SUNDIN
Jain and Sundin are wanted for their alleged involvement in a scheme that caused Internet users to purchase bogus software products, resulting in consumer losses of more than $100 million.
Through fake advertisements placed on legitimate companies’ websites via browser hijacking, Jain and his accomplice deceived Internet users into believing that their computers were infected with ‘malware’ and pushed them to purchase software to rectify this.
Reward: $20,000 each
Deploying effective cybersecurity measures is critical
It’s scary to think that these criminals are still at large and quite possibly working on their next big money-making scheme. With international companies, federal agencies and everyday users at risk, it’s critical that companies deploy effective cybersecurity measures to mitigate the threat of a cyber attack and to protect their customers.
Businesses with an international presence will be able to learn how to get cyber secure from expert Alan Calder.
IT Governance has launched a series of free webinars touching on local issues and regional compliance matters to help businesses in different parts of the world improve their cybersecurity posture while adhering to regional legislation.
Led by global cybersecurity authority Alan Calder, the “Using international standards to improve US cybersecurity” webinar will be held on March 18, 2015.