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FBI offering $3 million bounty for Russian cybercriminal

by Brandon Russell | March 14, 2017March 14, 2017 10:30 am PDT

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev owns a collection of luxury cars, villas in France, a yacht, and has allegedly helped Russian intelligence spy on millions of computers around the world—all before his 33rd birthday, according to The New York Times. For his cyber crimes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has put a $3 million bounty on his head.

Bogachev’s exploits sound like they’ve been ripped straight from a Bond movie—except Bogachev has yet to be caught. The NY Times report he has been linked with creating a network of virus-infected computers to siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world, apparently targeting anyone “with enough money worth stealing.”

Bogachev has also been linked with tapping into computers used by government officials and contractors around the world—something the Russian government has taken a keen interest in.

“The Russians were particularly interested, it seems, in information from military and intelligence services fighting in eastern Ukraine and the way in Syria, according to law enforcement officials and the cybersecurity firm Fox-IT,” the NY Times report says.

The report goes on to say that because Bogachev lives in Russia—Anapa, to be exact—U.S. authorities are unable to touch him. He apparently lives openly, enjoying the fruits of his labor, including a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which the report claims he favors over his garage of luxury cars. U.S. authorities says Russia refuses to arrest Bogachev because he’s such an asset to the government.

And if he does travel out of Anapa, Bogachev allegedly has access to three passports and a fleet of cars parked around Europe, which allows him to get around without needing to rent a car.

$3 million is being offered for his capture

The entire NY Times profile is fascinating. Even though Bogachev is accused of stealing millions of dollars and tapping into computers used by government officials, Russian officials are reportedly happy to turn a blind eye, so long as they can pilfer government secrets. Meanwhile, Bogachev continues to freely live in Apana, where he occasionally takes boat trips to Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...