Bogachev being wanted with a $ 3 million reward for being questioned about the 2016 US presidential election.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Bogachev, a notorious Russian hacker being pursued by the FBI, is working under the supervision of a special unit of the FSB (Russia’s main intelligence agency). A former FBI network security secretary also revealed to the New York Times that Bogachev is receiving “intelligence packages” for Russia, targeting economists and other issues, and protected by the Kremlin Palace.
Bogachev’s full name is Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 33, who uses various nicknames such as “lucky12345,” “slavik,” “Pollingsoon,” which the FBI rated as the most dangerous among hackers today. Earlier, the hacker had created and sold malware on some dark web sites.
However, this hacker was famous for creating the GameOver Zeus that has infiltrated bank accounts in 12 countries and stole hundreds of millions of dollars. In the United States alone, GameOver Zeus has infected more than 1 million PCs from thousands of small businesses and stole more than $ 100 million. This is also the highest number of computers this hacker controls.
Not only GameOver Zeus, Bogachev is also the author of Ransomware CryptoLocker. When a computer is infected with this blackmailing software, its owner will not be able to access the documents on their computer unless a ransom is paid. Bogachev has earned an estimated $ 27 million in less than two months from CryptoLocker.
2011 is believed to be the year in which Bogachev received political orders. In December 2016, the hacker and five others were wanted by the FBI for allegedly entering the US presidential election. Bogachev was wanted for a $ 3 million reward and is the FBI’s most expensive criminal. However, he is believed to still be living high in Anapa, a resort town on the Black Sea in southern Russia. Apart from the real luxury, Bogachev also has an expensive car collection and a yacht.
There are many suspicions that Russia is hiring hackers from the dark web. The FBI suspects that the FSB, instead of capturing cyber-criminals, is taking advantage of the hacker’s capabilities for its own purposes.
“Almost every hacker who has been proclaimed and wanted by US has received special attention from the Russian government, they are fully supported on logistics and techniques”, Arkady Bukh, a lawyer in New York who regularly represents Russian hacker captives in the United States said.
An American law enforcement official and Fox-IT cyber security company have suggested that the Russian government is interested in intelligence related to Ukraine and the United States. In order to do this, Russia has recruited good hackers, including the wanted cyber-criminals, to give them a luxury life and the only task is established goals penetration.
The Russian side has not made any comment.