On the path of Russia’s $100 million Evil Corp hacking gang • Graham Cluley

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On the trail of Russia's $100 million Evil Corp hacking gang

Joe Tidy, know-how reporter at BBC Information slightly bravely did one thing that many different journalists would most likely balk at doing.

He determined he needed to speak to Russian hackers face-to-face, on their residence turf, and ask them their aspect of the story.

The BBC journalist was keen on looking down males equivalent to Maksim Yakubets and 40-year-old Igor Turashev, each alleged members of Evil Corp and described by the US authorities as main “probably the most refined transnational cybercrime syndicates on the earth.”

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Yakubets, Turashev, and others primarily based in Russia, are stated to be dwelling millionaire existence on the again of hacking firms within the West and extorting enormous sums of cash.

If it’s true that teams equivalent to Evil Corp have managed to steal and extort greater than $100 million from its company victims, it’s important to assume they may have the assets to “silence” any journalist who comes sniffing round asking awkward questions.

What’s odd is that the alleged hackers don’t appear to have felt a lot inclination to cover their riches, overtly exhibiting off their custom-painted Lamborginis with personalised quantity plates that interprets to “Thief”” (“It may be rented,” argues Yakubets’s father, denying his son owns such a automobile when confronted by Tidy), and posting lavish wedding ceremony movies on-line.

So long as alleged hackers like Yakubets and Turashev keep in Russia, there appears little probability of the Western regulation enforcement companies bringing them right into a courtroom. Regardless of makes an attempt to get the Kremlin to help within the arrest of suspected cybercriminals just like the members of Evil Corp, thus far there appears to be no willingness to assist.

You possibly can’t assist however suppose that perhaps the Russian authorities see no benefits in cybercriminals being handed over to the West, and each profit in having them assault firms in Europe, the US, and elsewhere.

You possibly can watch Joe Tidy’s report on BBC iPlayer in case you’re a license payer primarily based within the UK, or on YouTube:

The US is providing a reward of as much as $5 million for info resulting in the arrest and/or conviction of 34-year-old Maksim Yakubets.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus business having labored for numerous safety firms because the early Nineties when he wrote the primary ever model of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Home windows. Now an unbiased safety analyst, he repeatedly makes media appearances and is an worldwide public speaker on the subject of laptop safety, hackers, and on-line privateness.

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