Cybercrime

The FBI Needs Your Help Capturing Five Cyber Criminals

*Phil Keoghan voice* Your time...starts now.
Your time...starts now. (Photo: FBI)

Gonna get you. (Photo: FBI)

Thirsty for $100,00 and ready to mutter “Let’s enhance” at your computer with your cyber-crime fighting partner? The FBI announced today it has a task for you: The bureau needs help tracking down several men wanted for alleged involvement in hacking millions of computers across the world and defrauding computer users and United States government entities.

The FBI updated its Cyber Most Wanted List today to include five criminals of various nationalities. The biggest name to be included on the list is Andrey Taame, who was involved in Operation Ghost Click. His group’s malware scheme of altering user’s Doman Name Systems and redirecting computers to spammy websites infected four million computers from more than 100 countries between 2007 and 2011. Around 500,000 of those were housed in the United States.

Ars Technica details the other four guys targeted:

Two other men from Pakistan, Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin, are accused of an “international telecommunications scheme” resulting in losses of $50 million. Carlos Perez-Melara of El Salvador created a piece of spyware called “Lover Spy,” which was a service that people could use to spy on their supposed “cheating lovers.” The malware would obtain passwords, browser history, and other data. Finally, Alexsey Alekseyevich Belan, a Russian citizen, is accused of being involved with data theft from three unnamed American firms in 2012 and 2013.

In a statement from FBI’s Richard McFeely, the organization said that “cyber crime knows no boundaries, cyber criminals think they can hide overseas” and is relying on YOU (and our international friends) to capture them.

Rewards range from $50,000 to $100,000, but there is no price on the feeling of creating a safer Internet, huh?

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Tags: Cybercrime, fbi