Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev Wiki
A formal accusation called Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev, who are still free, like figures from a group that used malware to steal millions of dollars in more than 40 countries. Those affected by hacks include schools and religious organizations. It is also alleged that Yakubets worked for Russian intelligence. At a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said the attacks were among “the worst hacking and bank fraud schemes of the last decade.” Yakubets is accused of leading Moscow-based Evil Corp, while Turashev allegedly acted as administrator. The couple is believed to reside in Russia.
Largest Reward Yet For Cyber-Criminal
Thursday’s accusation came after a multi-year investigation conducted by the FBI and the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Cyber Security Center of Great Britain. The US authorities claim that the group stole at least $ 100 million (£ 76 million) with the Bugat malware, known as Dridex.
The malware spread through the so-called “phishing” campaigns, which encouraged victims to click on malicious links sent via email from supposedly reliable entities. Once a computer was infected, the group stole personal bank information that was used to transfer funds. A network of money launderers, led by the NCA and the Metropolitan Police of Great Britain, was then used to channel criminal profits to members of E Corp. Eight members of this network have been sentenced to a total of over 40 years in prison
US authorities said Yakubets was also involved in a similar scheme using another form of malware, known as Zeus, that stole $ 70 million from the victims’ bank accounts. The NCA claims that Maksim Yakubets spent more than £ 250,000 ($ 328,971) on criminal proceeds at his wedding.
In another statement, the US Treasury. UU. He claimed that, since 2017, Mr. Yakubets had worked on projects for the Russian state, including theft of confidential documents and “cyber operations.” The department said it had implemented sanctions against 17 people and seven “entities,” including companies associated with a group member. A $ 5 million reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and prosecution. The U.S. Department of Justice UU. He said the amount was the highest offered by a cybercriminal to date.