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Botnet Government The Almighty Buck

FBI Offers $3 Million Reward For Russian Hacker 66

mpicpp sends word that the FBI and the U.S. State Department have announced the largest-ever reward for a computer hacking case. They're offering up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest of Evgeniy Bogachev, a 31-year-old Russian national. Bogachev is the alleged administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet, estimated to have affected over a million computers, causing roughly $100 million in damages. "Bogachev has been charged by federal authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering... He also faces federal bank fraud conspiracy charges in Omaha, Nebraska related to his alleged involvement in an earlier variant of Zeus malware known as 'Jabber Zeus.'"
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FBI Offers $3 Million Reward For Russian Hacker

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  • Trumps, "I spent x years in prison"

  • by Nyder ( 754090 ) on Wednesday February 25, 2015 @12:29AM (#49124771) Journal

    They want to hire him, not send him to prison. Well, or force him to work for them. You know, good American things.

  • by penguinoid ( 724646 ) on Wednesday February 25, 2015 @12:49AM (#49124827) Homepage Journal

    Bogachev has been charged by federal authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering... He also faces federal bank fraud conspiracy charges in Omaha, Nebraska

    Difference between banker and this guy: the computer hacking charges, and that he wasn't given tons of money for destroying our economy.

    • Spot on. As an ex-banking industry employee that dealt with these crooks, the bankers and this hacker are cut from the same clothe.
    • Anyone know how the FBI/others know it was him? I mean, he's been charged, presumably whilst absent, so there must be some 'damning' evidence of some sort. It's easy to say "we traced some connections to his house in Meerkovo", but how on earth did they do such a thing, and how can they be sure that it was actually him? I mean, wouldn't he have covered his tracks pretty comprehensively? I presume they (also?) found him lurking on some IRC channels or some such, but again, how would they know it was really h

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 25, 2015 @01:09AM (#49124885)

    So I guess he shared a movie online somewhere...

  • He is a Russian agent.
  • Conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering - that's what the NSA is charged with....hang on. That's not right. The NSA hacks Americans but is charged with nothing.

  • FBI walks into hacker's hideout. "It's Gameover, Zeus," says the lead agent to a scrawny man sitting at a dumb terminal.
  • "Bogachev is the alleged administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet, estimated to have affected over a million computers"

    Hey Soulskill, what class of ' computers ' did this botnet infect? Don't hesitate to name Operating System platforms, such as Apple OS X, Linux or Android ...
  • "Starting in September of 2011, the FBI began investigating a modified version of the Zeus Trojan, known as GameOver Zeus (GOZ)"

    What the fuck would the FBI know about 'computer' hacking.
  • I wonder what the legal precedent/process is for turning yourself in for the reward?

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