The US State Department announced a reward of $ 5 million for information that would help arrest the Russian Maxim Yakubets. American authorities consider him the leader of the hacker group Evil Corp. This is the biggest reward the U.S. has ever offered for information about a suspected cybercriminal.
At the same time, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 17 Russians associated with Yakubets and six Russian companies, saying that they could have been involved in the theft of more than $ 100 million and had ties to Russian intelligence agencies.
According to U.S. authorities, Evil Corp was involved in the creation and distribution of the phishing software Dridex. As a result, “banks and financial institutions in more than 40 countries, and the damage caused exceeded $ 100 million,” were hacked.
At the same time, only Yakubets (according to the American authorities, used the nickname AQUA) and Turashev, who in the USA are called the system administrator of the hacker group (ENKI, NINTUTU), are charged with criminal charges.