An amount of $3 Million has been offered by US Government as a reward for any relevant information on a Russian hacker, which is the highest the US authorities have ever issued in a cybercrime case.
Last year, Evgeniy Bogachev was charged for being behind a major cybercrime operation in US that allegedly stole more than $100 million (£64.7m).
According to sources, he was last seen in Russia, where he is believed be in Russia on the loose.
Arresting Bogachev may be difficult as US govt. does not hold any extradition treaty with Russia.
Mr. Bogachev is also known as “lucky12345″ and “slavik”, allegedly runs the GameOver Zeus attack network, believed to have impacted more than one million computers.
The people were tricked into downloading malware – malicious software, which after that looked for data specifically financial information.
Conspiracy to participate in Racketeering, wire fraud, bank and computer fraud, and money laundering, aggravated identity theft are some of crimes he committed last year according to FBI.
He is amongst the FBI’s most wanted cyber-criminals.
“This reward offer reaffirms the commitment of the US government to bring those who participate in organized crime to justice, whether they hide online or overseas,” as stated by the US State Department.
The reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Mr. Bogachev.
Any information that will lead to the arrest or conviction of Mr. Bogachev will be rewarded with a sum of $3 Million.
Joseph Demarest, the head of the FBI’s cyber crime division said that internal security agency of Russia had declared an interest in working with US on Cybercrimes, however did not link it to the Bogachev case.
Also according to him the agency knew about 60 different cyber-threat groups linked to nation-states, although provided no further details.