US law enforcement is offering a $3m reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Russian Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev for a laundry list of cyber offences using the Zeus malware.
The US Department of State's Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program announced the bounty following an investigation by the FBI into Bogachev's alleged role in a "major cyber racketeering enterprise".
"Bogachev, using the online monikers ‘lucky12345' and ‘slavik', is wanted for his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise that installed, without authorisation, malicious software known as ‘Zeus' on victims' computers," said a notice on the FBI cyber most wanted page.
"The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, Pins, and other information necessary to log-in to online banking accounts."
The specific charges against Bogachev include conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, bank fraud, conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, conspiracy to violate the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act and aggravated identity theft.
He is also wanted on charges of computer fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
The bounty is the latest development in a campaign against the group behind Zeus and GameOver Zeus.
Law enforcement agencies across the globe, including the UK National Crime Agency, temporarily shut down the original Gameover Zeus botnet, which was estimated to have enslaved between 500,000 and a million computers at its peak in June 2014.
Since the take down new variants of the GameOver Zeus malware have appeared in the wild.
Bogachev is believed to reside and operate in Russia. At the time of publishing the Russian Embassy had not responded to V3's request for comment on whether the Kremlin would agree to extradite Bogachev to the US.
The news follows a sweep of anti-cyber crime operations in the US. A court ruled that Ross Ulbricht is 'Dread Pirate Roberts', the founder of the notorious Silk Road cyber black market, earlier in February.
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