Thirty-two year old hacker Evgeniy Bogachev may wish to choose his acquaintances wisely unless he wants somebody taking advantage of a $3 million reward from the U.S. for information leading to his arrest or conviction.
The Russian national is wanted by the FBI and the U.S. Department of State for: “his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and scheme that installed, without authorization, malicious software known as “Zeus” on victims’ computers. “
“The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts,” reads part of an announcement on the FBI’s website.
The amount that Bogachev is believed to have stolen from online bank accounts is over a hundred million dollars. The $3 million offered for information on the Russian is the highest amount ever offered by the U.S. for information on cyber related crime.
He is also believed to be the leader of a tightly-knit bunch of cyber criminals based in Russia and the Ukraine.
So where do they think Bogachev is now?
“Bogachev was last known to reside in Anapa, Russia. He is known to enjoy boating and may travel to locations along the Black Sea in his boat. He also owns property in Krasnodar, Russia,” reads the FBI website.
The U.S. doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Russia, so it may take more than $3 million dollars get Bogachev anywhere near the insides of a U.S. prison anytime soon.
For more details on this case see the video above or the FBI’s wanted poster below.