Reward Announced For Cyber Fugitive
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program, announced today a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a prolific cyber criminal. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev was charged with numerous violations for his role as an administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet.
The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts. It is believed GameOver Zeus is responsible for more than 1 million computer infections, resulting in financial losses of more than $100 million.
Bogachev is on the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted and is believed to be at large in Russia.
The TOC reward offer reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. government to bring those who participate in organized crime to justice, whether they hide online or overseas.
Bogachev was charged in 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering in connection with his alleged role as an administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet. Bogachev was also indicted by criminal complaint in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2012 and charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud related to his alleged involvement in the operation of a prior variant of Zeus malware known as Jabber Zeus.
“To achieve justice in the cybersphere, we must be aggressive, innovative and relentless to ensure that those living outside our borders do not have a pass to commit crimes within them,” stated David J. Hickton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. “We are ready to bring Evgeniy Bogachev to justice in federal court in Pittsburgh. We will use every available legal and diplomatic means to bring all cyber-criminals to justice wherever they reside.”
Anyone with information on Bogachev should contact the FBI via the Major Case Contact Center, 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324), or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You may also submit a tip online via tips.fbi.gov. All information will be kept strictly confidential.