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FBI announced 3 million US dollar award for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

Bogachev is alleged for his involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise in which he played a role of administrator for the GameOver Zeus botnet.

Feb 27, 2015 15:15 IST
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Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, one of the world’s most prolific cyber criminal from Russia, was in news recently.

He was in news because the US State Department, the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on 24 February 2015 announced a reward of 3 million US dollars for information on him. Bogachev, currently is one of the FBI’s most wanted criminal.

Bogachev is alleged for his involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise in which he played a role of administrator for the GameOver Zeus botnet. It is believed that he is responsible for the theft of more than 100 million US dollar from businesses and consumers in the US and around the world.

The reward will be offered under the auspices of the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Programme, established by Congress in 2013. The programme was established as a tool to assist the US government in identifying and bringing to justice members of significant transnational criminal organizations.

About GameOver Zeus botnet

GameOver Zeus botnet is a sophisticated type of malware designed specifically to steal banking and other credentials from the computers it infected by either secretly logging keystrokes for passwords or creating false webpages where victims would unwittingly enter banking information and passwords.

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