In the United States for the “Russian hacker” appointed a record award




US and UK authorities track down the head of the hacker group Evil Corp

The U.S. authorities, together with the UK, have appointed a record $5 million reward for the capture of the leader of the Russian hacker group Evil Corp Maxim Yakubets.

This was reported by the National Crime Agency of Great Britain (NCA).

The sum of $5 million is the largest reward in the history of cybercrime for information about hackers and the largest amount that was offered for the capture of a Russian cybercriminal. Until today, Evgeny Bogachev was the “record holder”, for whom $3 million was offered in 2015.





The US Department of Justice considers Yakubets the leader of Evil Corp. According to this, the American Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

In addition, he is suspected of having ties to the Russian government. Representatives of the department suggest that he could work for the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia in 2017.

According to British and American authorities, the Evil Corp group was organized in 2009 when Yakubets was 22 years old. The hacker and his accomplices have been spreading the Dridex virus in its various modifications for several years.

The FBI and the NCA have a joint track record of dealing with these cybercriminals. In 2015, agency experts disabled a botnet consisting of infected computers that distributed Dridex in several countries around the world. After some time, the network returned to operation.

In the same 2015, a case was pending against Yakubets and accomplices, pending in the court of the Western District of Pennsylvania. All information on it is under the heading of secrecy by the decision of the judge.

As of December 6, 2019, the last document related to this case was filed with the U.S. court in February of this year.





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