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Phishing thieves or yet another phantom menace? US goes after ‘Russian-based Evil Corp’

Phishing thieves or yet another phantom menace? US goes after ‘Russian-based Evil Corp’

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Hackers known as ‘Evil Corp’ have been charged and sanctioned by the US for allegedly stealing over $100 million via phishing and malware attacks and being Kremlin spies – though Russia helped US authorities in going after them. The US Department of Justice unsealed the indictments against Russian nationals Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev on Thursday, accusing them of international computer hacking and bank fraud schemes dating back to 2009. A $5 million bounty was offered for the arrest of Yakubets, the largest such reward for a cyber crime case ever. Yakubets and Turashev have “led one of the most sophisticated transnational cybercrime syndicates in the world” for over a decade, said US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady. He accused the duo of being behind the malware known first as Bugat, then Cridex and Dridex, used “across the globe in one of the most widespread malware campaigns we have ever encountered.” After the indictment was revealed, the US…
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