Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is wanted by the FBI for Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering Activity; Bank Fraud; Conspiracy to Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Conspiracy to Violate the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act; Aggravated Identity Theft; Conspiracy; Computer Fraud; Wire Fraud; Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud. Courtesy/FBI
Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, and the FBI announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, currently one of the FBI’s most wanted—and most prolific—cyber criminals, for his alleged involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise.
The reward 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.
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 an extremely 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 webpages 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.” In addition, he thanked private sector partners who played a role during the investigation and in reducing the number of computer infections.
Added Demarest, “We are turning to the world again 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.”
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev
- Aliases: Yevgeniy Bogachev, Evgeniy Mikhaylovich Bogachev, lucky12345, slavik and Pollingsoon.
- DOB: October 28, 1983
- Height: Approximately 5’9″
- Weight: Approximately 180 pounds
- Hair: Brown (usually shaves his head)
- Eyes: Brown
- NCIC: W890989955
- Occupation: Bogachev works in the Information Technology field.
- Remarks: Bogachev was last known to reside in Anapa, Russia. He is known to enjoy boating and may travel to locations along the Black Sea in his boat. He also owns property in Krasnodar, Russia.
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.