US and UK law enforcement agencies accuse head of “most dangerous” hacker organization Evil Corp Maxim Yakubets in the organizationinternational computer hacker attacks and banking fraud. Over the ten years of their existence, hackers have stolen more than $ 100 million from citizens and organizations of both countries.
According to law enforcement authorities, a 32-year-old RussianThe Jacobian, nicknamed Aqua, founded the group back in 2009. However, the investigation of her activities began only in 2014 with the study of the Trojan Dridex - one of the main tools of the group.
In 2015, law enforcement officers were able to brieflyneutralize it, but within a few weeks, Evil Corp resumed its activity, abandoning international money transfers in favor of cryptocurrencies, writes Wired.
Symantec estimates that in 2016 Dridexhas been integrated into the systems of approximately 300 organizations in 40 countries. Hackers intercepted bank details of victims and through intermediaries withdrew money to their accounts.
Since 2011, Dridex has led to losses of over $ 100 million in hundreds of banks, the FBI said.
It is noteworthy that Yakubets owns a Lamborghini Huracan supercar with a license plate in which the word "thief" is read.
Evil Corp took several years to gather evidence. An investigation in the UK also revealed a scheme for laundering money obtained during hacks.
US Department of State Announces Capture of Yakubets$ 5 million reward. 21 hacker-related companies have been sanctioned to seize any property that the US has access to.
According to some sources, the Russian hacker Alexei Burkov, extradited from Israel to the United States in early November, became a source of information about Evil Corp’s activities for law enforcement.
Recall that back in 2016, experts, having studied the code of the Trojan Dridex, warned that it could steal bitcoin wallet data.