Two Russian Hackers Wanted for Widespread Cyberattacks | Avast

The U.S. Department of Justice is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of two Russian hackers allegedly responsible for tens of millions of dollars in damages due to cybercrime. NBC News reported that Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev are accused of attacking several institutions in Pennsylvania – including a bank, a school district and various companies – as well as targets in other states. In a bulletin published by the Department of Justice, one authority stated that the hackers “led one of the most sophisticated transnational cybercrime syndicates in the world,” while another commented that one of their many schemes was among “the most outrageous cybercrimes in history.” That particular scheme, which used malware known as “Zeus,” resulted in the attempted theft of over $220 million from 21 municipalities across the U.S. The DoJ worked closely with the U.K.’s National Crime Agency to identify the two suspects. Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons praised law enforcement collaboration in the case, noting that this group was responsible for the creation of Dridex, which has been used to launch attacks worldwide. “Cybercrime is a global threat, and the best way to fight it is globally. Having the United States lead a collaborative campaign with law enforcement from different countries is the best approach.”

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