Threats, Cybercrime

U.S. offers its largest bounty for Zeus hacker Borgachev

The U.S. Department of State's Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program has put a $3 million bounty on Russian hacker Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev for a number of cyber crimes he allegedly committed using Zeus malware.

This is the largest bounty the U.S. has offered for information on a cybercriminal.

The FBI had launched an investigation into Bogachev's activities and a notice on the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program page said it wants the cybercriminal, who went by the online names of lucky12345 and slavik, “for his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise that installed, without authorisation, malicious software known as ‘Zeus' on victims' computers."

The agency and others have stepped up efforts to nab those behind Zeus and GameOver Zeus. The reward will be paid for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of Bogachev, who is believed to be living in Russia.

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