Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, thought to be at large in Russia, has been under indictment in the United States in connection with his alleged role as administrator of the GameOver Zeus botnet, believed to be responsible for the theft of more than $100 million from businesses and consumers in the U.S. and around the world.
GameOver Zeus was a sophisticated type of malware designed specifically to steal banking and other credentials from the computers it infected by either secretly logging keystrokes for passwords or creating false web pages where victims would unwittingly enter banking information and passwords.
According to FBI Assistant Director Joseph Demarest, “This was a worldwide infection, but it also had law enforcement worldwide working to combat it and bring to justice the criminal organization behind it.”
Added Demarest, “We are turning to the world for assistance in locating Bogachev. While he is known to reside in Russia, he may travel. With this $3 million reward incentive, someone, somewhere may see him and let the authorities know his whereabouts.”
The reward of up to $3 million is for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Bogachev. It is being offered under the auspices of the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program, established by Congress in 2013 as a tool to assist the U.S. government in identifying and bringing to justice members of significant transnational criminal organizations.
Anyone with information on Bogachev is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or submit an online tip to the Bureau.