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Russian Citizen Charged with Fraud, Selling Access to Victim Computer Networks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Russian citizen has been indicted for working as an “access broker” and selling unauthorized access to computer networks, including a victim company in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, District of New Jersey.

Evgeniy Doroshenko, 31, aka “Eugene Doroshenko”, aka “FlankerWWH,” aka “Flanker,” of Astrkhan, Russia, is charged by indictment with one count of wire fraud and one count of fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From February 2019 to May 2024, Doroshenko devised a scheme whereby he gained unlawful access to victim computer systems and sold this access to others for a profit through a Russian language cybercrime forum located on the dark web. In January 2024, Doroshenko gained unauthorized access to the computer network of a victim company located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Doroshenko then offered to sell access to the victim company’s network to other cybercriminals via the cybercrime forum.

Cybercrime forums, like the one used by Doroshenko to sell access to victim computer networks, are online forums where cybercriminals promote and facilitate a wide variety of criminal activities including, among other activities, computer hacking and trafficking in stolen data.

The count of wire fraud carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of gain or loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greatest. The count of computer fraud carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of gain or loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge William S. Walker, and special agents of the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge, Aaron Hatley, Newark Field Office, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David E. Malagold of the Cybercrime Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 20, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-185