The FBI has offered a reward of $3m for information leading to the capture of the infamous Gameover Zeus malware creator.
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev has been in the FBI’s sights since June last year when he was accused of being one of the ringleaders behind the notorious Gameover Zeus malware.
Keen to ramp up pressure on Bogachev, the FBI has now put a sizeable bounty on his head.
“Bogachev is wanted for his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and scheme that installed, without authorisation, malicious software known as Zeus on victims’ computers,” the FBI said.
“The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers and other information necessary to log in to online banking accounts.”
The move comes amid a wider effort by the FBI to capture its most wanted cyber criminals. Other bounties offered take the total up for grabs to $4.2m.
The second biggest reward is $1m for Nicolae Popescu for his involvement in an online shopping scam that promised to send buyers goods including cars but instead took their money without sending any goods in return.
A reward of $100,000 has been posted for Alexsey Belan for allegedly intruding in the computer networks of three major US e-commerce companies in Nevada and California, stealing customer information and selling the databases.
Providing information about Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara will land you a $50,000 reward. He is wanted for allegedly manufacturing spyware that was used to intercept the private communications of victims and send information back to those running the spyware. He was charged in 2005.
Finally, a reward of $50,000 is up for grabs for Peteris Sahurovs for his alleged involvement in an international cyber crime scheme that ran from February to September 2010 and used a virus to defraud web users of over $2m.
This scam involved getting websites to run advertisements that contained malicious code which, when clicked on by visitors to the website, installed a file that locked their computer and demanded a $50 ransom.
The FBI cyber most wanted list also includes five Chinese military personnel who were charged in May 2014 with allegedly attacking and breaching a number of firms in the power, metal and nuclear industries.
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