Ten months ago, Evgeniy Bogachev a Russian hacker, was indicted in Pittsburg, PA. on multiple federal charges relating to cyber criminal activity. However, his current whereabouts are entirely unknown to the Department of Justice.
To aid with their efforts to bring the ‘cyber criminal’ to justice, the DOJ have placed a sizable bounty on the hacker’s head. A whopping $3 million dollars is being offered by the U.S government to anyone with information that leads to the apprehension of the 31-year-old Russian hacker.
Since then, Bogachev’s photo has been seen all over the world… printed onto FBI ‘Wanted’ posters.
This is the first known case that a bounty has been offered on a cyber criminal, “We’ve really not done something like this” in cyber cases, said Robert Anderson, an FBI executive assistant director. “All of a sudden, somebody’s putting an ‘X’ on somebody, saying, `Bring him to justice, you get $3 million.’”.
International smugglers, wildlife traffickers and many other fugitives have been brought to justice under the 2-year-old State Department program, which has so far paid over $20 million dollars for the locations of wanted criminals.
“Time will tell whether this is a successful tactic or not,” said Shawn Henry, a retired executive assistant director of the FBI and president of CrowdStrike Services, a security technology company. “It’s a strategy, and it’s certainly not the sole strategy.”
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