Cyber criminal ‘stole £76m while working for Russian intelligence’

A cyber criminal indicted in the US has been accused of working with Russian intelligence to steal classified government documents, according to a senior official at the US Treasury.

The man was one of two suspects in Russia indicted by the US on Thursday for their part in developing the Dridex banking malware which has stolen millions from victims in the West.

Victim organisations in more than 40 countries were hit by the Dridex malware, which allowed the alleged criminals to steal more than $100m (£76m) in one hacking campaign dating back to 2011.

Maksim Yakubets is accused of being the leader of the hacking group calling itself “Evil Corp” while Igor Turashev has been accused of being one of the group’s key administrators.

England fan poses in Red Square ahead of the World Cup semi-final game between England and Croatia on July 9, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Many flights from the UK to Moscow have been fully booked since the England football team reached the World Cup semi-finals. Fan organisations across England have begun to charter their own aircraft to try and get to Luzhniki Stadium and support their team.
Image:Russian cyber criminals have been tied to the Kremlin’s intelligence activities

American and British authorities collaborated to identify and charge the criminals, who were accused of being behind “two of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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