Russians charged in audacious and sophisticated cybercrime spree

U.S. and U.K. law enforcement officials Thursday announced charges against two Russians allegedly responsible for what the U.S. Department of Justice deemed “two of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade.”

The unsealed computer hacking and bank fraud charges blame Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev for deployment of the Zeus and Bugat/Dridex malware, with Zeus estimated to have caused $70 million in bank account losses and another $220 million attempted, and Bugat is likewise responsible for “millions” in losses, said Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general for the DOJ Criminal Division.

Officials from DOJ, State and the U.K. National Crime Agency held a news conference this morning, with the State Department announcing a $5 million reward for information leading to Yakubets arrest.

Benczkowski said the suspects were behind hacking operations “so audacious and sophisticated they would be difficult to imagine if Read More – Source