The identities of 2 Russian hackers have been disclosed by The United States Department of Justice with the help of its foreign counterpart National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom. The leader of the group (Evil Corp) is Maksim Yakubets and his co-conspirator is Igor Turashev.

They have been charged for developing and distributing the Dridex Banking Trojan for over a period of 10 years. The malware also known as ‘Bugat’ and ‘Cridex’ was distributed through multi-million email campaigns and targeted numerous organizations around the world.

Starting on May 2009, Yakubets and his co-conspirators allegedly employed widespread computer intrusions, malicious software, and fraud in an effort to steal millions of dollars from numerous bank accounts in the United States and elsewhere. The hackers infected thousands of business computers with malware that captured account numbers, passwords, and other information that necessary to log into online banking accounts, and then used the stolen data to steal money from victims’ bank accounts.

The malware was used to steal more than $100 million in 10 years. It was designed to automate the theft of confidential personal and financial information from infected devices. It also crafted to defeat antivirus and other protective measure conduct by the victims. On the updated version, the malware have been added a function of assisting in the installation of ransomware.

On the other hand, Yakubets also has been charged with the infamous “Zeus” banking malware that stole $70 million from victim’s bank accounts.

The investigation revealed that Yakubets also provides direct assistance to the Russian government by stealing confidential documents through state-sponsored cyberattacks. He is currently believed to be residing in Russia, but if he ever stepped out of the country, he would be arrested and extradited to the United States.

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Source: thehackernews