Friday 22 September 2017

US government offers €2.64m reward to catch super-hacker

The US has offered a reward of nearly £2m to catch cyber-hacking suspect Evgeniy Bogachev
The US has offered a reward of nearly £2m to catch cyber-hacking suspect Evgeniy Bogachev

The US government is offering a reward of nearly $3m (€2.64m) for information leading to the arrest of a man America dubs one of the world's most prolific cyber-hackers.

Evgeniy Bogachev, who is believed to be in Russia, was indicted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last year, on charges including bank fraud and conspiracy and his pictures have been plastered on Wanted signs distributed by the FBI.

Bogachev is accused of acting as ringleader for a massive hacking operation that installed malicious software on victims' computers to capture bank account numbers, passwords and other sensitive information.

Despite the three million-dollar reward, arresting overseas hackers is difficult for American authorities, particularly in countries like Russia where there is no extradition treaty.

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