Nothing in this world comes as a pure blessing. Albeit technology does a lot of good things to our life, but it also comes with some venomous features, creating new fields of criminal activity: cybercrime. A recent study by Ponemon Institute and HP shows the rise of cybercrime in the USA, which is 19 percent year-over-year. Every angle of our daily lives is haunted by technology, resulting cybercrime is on the rise that poses significant threats to companies, the government, and even individuals. The rise of online payments, storing more data electronically make it easier for the cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive data, steal victim’s identities, access their bank accounts and use those data in some crimes, good enough to make the victim’s life hell.
So, in order to track those notorious individuals, FBI commits an entire “Most Wanted” list of cybercriminals. Of them, here we present top 5 most wanted cyber criminals:
Known as “The Shadow,” Firas Dardar is mostly wanted because of his alleged participation in the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group accused to have committed hacks in support of the Syrian Governance. His action is particularly linked to crimes committed between 2011 and 2014, during which time he allegedly performed mass attacks against the U.S. government, private companies, and media organizations. Also, there is an accusation of committing cyber extortion schemes, which targeted both U.S. and international companies. According to FBI, he is currently living in Homs, Syria and also goes by aliases named “Ethical Dragon” and “Ethical Spectrum,” among others.
Reward: Up to $100,000 will be awarded by FBI for any information leading to the arrest of this criminal.
Another cybercriminal accused of alleged involvement with the SEA. FBI accuses him of committing hacks for the SEA between 2011 and 2014 against the U.S. government, media organizations, and private companies under the nickname “Th3 Pr0.” Currently living in his homeland Syria, he is in his early 20s; according to the birth date he has used. And he always wears prescription glasses.
Reward: Up to $100,000 will be awarded by FBI for any information leading to the arrest of Ahmed Al Agha.
Known online as “lucky12345” and “slavik,” Evgeny Mikhailovich Bogachev is charged with “involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and scheme,” responsible for installing malicious software onto innocent victim’s devices. Named as “Zeus,” the virus seized personal data such as bank account numbers, passwords, PINs, as well as other relevant banking info for identity theft. The virus arrived on the scene in 2009 and 2011 it was modified and named as GameOver Zeus (GOZ), which is believed to be responsible for over one million infected computers with an estimated loss of over $100 million. FBI believes that he is currently travelling the Black Sea, referring that he owns property in Krasnodar, Russia.
Reward: Up to $3 million will be awarded by FBI for any information leading to the arrest of Bogachev.
His aliases know him as “Nae” and “Stoichitoiu,” and FBI wants him for his involvement in a “sophisticated Internet fraud scheme.” The allegation against Nicolae Popescu is that he posted ads on online auction sites for items that had no actual existence, full with insidious invoices from “legitimate online payment services.” His plotters in the U.S. also used false passports to open bank accounts under fake identities so that victims could wire them money. A federal arrest warrant was issued against him in 2012, and he has been on FBI’s radar since then. FBI says, he may have traveled to Europe and speaks Romanian.
Reward: Up to $1 million will be awarded by FBI for any information leading to the arrest of Popescu.
FBI accuses him of the crime allegedly committed against major e-commerce companies in Nevada and California between 2012 and 2013. Belan is alleged of stealing user databases to earn access to account information and passwords, and selling them after he got what he wanted. He is a Latvian, speaks Russian and probably living in Russia, Greece, Latvia, the Maldives, or Thailand. Aliases including Magg, M4G, Moy.Yawik and Abyrvaig are quite known to him. According to FBI, he may dye his natural brown hair either blonde or red, and may wear glasses. Last time he was known to be in Athens, Greece.
Reward: Up to $100,000 will be awarded by FBI for any information leading to the arrest of Alexsey Belan.
The list is quite long and good enough to make us terrified of technology. These cyber criminals are pretty nefarious and deserve severe punishment for what they’ve done to our society. So, your contribution in arresting them is highly appreciated.