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Important Hackers/New Virus Targeting UK/US/Australia

Will Russia Hand Over Man Behind the Gameover Zeus Ransom Virus?
-FBI Issues Warrant for 00m Cybercrime Mastermind


  • More than 15,000 in the UK may already be infected by 'Gameover Zeus'
  • The virus could cost the British economy millions, experts warn
  • The software can also lock computers and demand a ransom to unlock
  • Russian Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev accused of being virus mastermind
  • Alleged gang also consists of British criminals, according to prosecutors
  • But he may never be arrested as Russia do not extradite accused criminals to other countries
By Daily Mail UK, 8 June 2014




The U.S. Justice Department has filed papers accusing Russian Evgeniy
Mikhailovich Bogachev, pictured, as being the leader of the gang behind the software



He is wanted for being the alleged mastermind in a global multi-million dollar cyber crime which has put thousands of British computer users at risk.
But the Russian man suspected of being behind the so-called Gameover Zeus ransom virus may become a thorn in the FBI's side - in the same way as ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, who is fighting extradition to the U.S. over claims he leaked secret surveillance documents.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev was last night accused of being the head of an international gang behind the software.
But there are already fears that the 30-year-old may never be arrested as Russia does not extradite accused criminals to other countries.

It comes as Computer users were last night warned to take urgent action to protect themselves from a global cyber virus pandemic.

Police across the globe launched an unprecedented attack on high-tech criminals behind software causing misery to millions.

The computers of more than 15,000 people in the UK are already infected with a virus that could cost our economy ‘millions’, the National Crime Agency (NCA) warned.


But the grip of those behind the so-called ‘malware’ has been weakened by a counter attack on the servers which control the software.
Prosecutors have pointed the finger at Bogachev who they claimed was the head of a set-up consisting of criminals in the UK as well as in Russia and Ukraine.

Computer experts said computer users must install anti-virus software and update their operating systems to the latest versions to stop it regaining its hold.

Those who fail to do so risk having their valuable data, including precious photographs, music and personal files held to ransom.




The FBI called the alleged ringleader, 30-year-old Evgeniy Bogachev, one of the most prolific cyber
criminals in the world and issued a 'Wanted' poster, pictuted, that lists his online monikers and describes him as a boating enthusiast


In the worst cases, victims could lose access to their bank accounts which could be systematically drained by the criminal network.

The software, called Gameover Zeus, has spread worldwide but has been temporarily disabled by the international effort by law enforcement agencies.
Potential victims can protect themselves but have only a short time to do so before the hackers can rebuild their network.
The international effort by forces including the NCA, Interpol and Europol, targeted the ‘command and control’ servers behind the virus.

Hackers will be able to install new ones, but it is thought that there will be a window of opportunity of at least two weeks for computer users to protect themselves.

Many of those whose computers have already been infected will be contacted by their internet service providers.

The software installs itself on a computer when the victim clicks on a link in an unsolicited email or via a website.


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In the worst cases, victims could lose access to their bank accounts which could be systematically drained



PRIME SUSPECT: THE RUSSIAN BOAT-LOVER WANTED BY THE FBI




Could Russian Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, pictured, be the behind the global cyber virus pandemic?


He is the man suspected of being behind a gang that has sparked a global cyber virus pandemic.

But the FBI has already spent years looking for Russian Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev who uses the online names ‘lucky12345’ and ‘slavik’.

The 30-year-old is wanted for his alleged involvement in a ‘racketeering enterprise’ that installed malicious software known as ‘Zeus’ on victims’ computers.

The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other information needed to log into online banking accounts.

The FBI believes Bogachev knowingly acted in a role as an administrator while others involved in the scheme conspired to distribute spam and phishing emails, which contained links to compromised websites.

Victims who visited these web sites were infected with the malware, which Bogachev and others allegedly used to steal money from the victims’ bank accounts.

This online account takeover fraud has been investigated by the FBI since the summer of 2009.

Starting in September 2011, the FBI began investigating a modified version of the Zeus Trojan, known as Gameover Zeus (GOZ).

It is believed GOZ is responsible for more than one million computer infections, resulting in financial losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

On August 22, 2012, Bogachev was indicted under the nickname ‘lucky12345’ by a federal grand jury in the District of Nebraska on a number of charges including Bank Fraud, Conspiracy to Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Aggravated Identity Theft.

On May 19, 2014, Bogachev was indicted in his true name by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania on charges of Conspiracy, Computer Fraud, Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud and Money Laundering.

Then just days ago on May 30, a criminal complaint was issued in the District of Nebraska that ties the previously indicted nickname of ‘lucky12345’ to Bogachev and charges him with Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud.

He is described as white with brown hair (though his head is usually shaved) and brown eyes. He is 5ft 9ins tall and weighs around 180 pounds (82kg).

Bogachev was last known to live in Anapa, Russia. He is believed to enjoy boating and may travel to locations along the Black Sea in his boat. He also owns property in Krasnodar, Russia.

It then sends out more emails to lure further victims, without the knowledge of the computer users, and spreads quickly across the internet.

The virus lays dormant until it spots an opportunity to steal personal details such as online banking information and passwords.
It then transmits this information back to the criminal network who use it to drain the victim’s accounts.
In a further twist, if the user is not a ‘viable’ victim then the software locks the information on the computer and holds it to ransom.

At the moment the software demands one Bitcoin, an untraceable form of online currency favoured by criminals, which is around £300.

The U.S. Government admitted that at least one police force has been forced to pay this ransom to release sensitive files.




The software can lock the information on a computer and hold it to ransom -
one Bitcoin, an untraceable form of online currency favoured by criminals, which is around £300. File picture


Last night, the U.S. Justice Department filed papers accusing a Russian named Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev as being the leader of the gang behind the software.
The complaint claims the software has been responsible for the loss of more than $100m from individuals and a string of major companies.
Bogachev's operation, prosecutors say, consisted of criminals in Russia, Ukraine and the UK who were assigned different roles within the conspiracy.

Andy Archibald, of the NCA, said:
‘Nobody wants their personal financial details, business information or photographs of loved ones to be stolen or held to ransom by criminals.
‘By making use of this two-week window, huge numbers of people in the UK can stop that from happening to them.
‘Whether you find online security complicated or confusing, or simply haven’t thought about keeping your personal or office computers safe for a while, now is the time to take action.
‘Our message is simple: update your operating system and make this a regular occurrence, update your security software and use it and, think twice before clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails.’

While Bogachev has not been arrested, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said U.S. authorities were in contact with Russia to try to bring him into custody.

Computer users who fear they could fall victim to the virus are advised to install anti-virus software and ensure their operating system has the latest security updates.

It is thought that the gang first check if a target’s keyboard is in Russian and only strike if it is another language.
Eunice Power is one British victim who has been blackmailed by the cyber criminals.
After corrupting files on her computer, the gang offered to fix the problem for several hundred pounds.






HOW USERS CAN PROTECT THEIR COMPUTERS AGAINST MALWARE ZEUS

Potential victims can protect themselves but have only a short time to do so before the hackers - whose attempts have been temporarily thwarted - can rebuild their network.
The US Department of Homeland Security urged users to install anti-virus software on their computer and ensure that the latest operating systems were also installed on their computers.
If systems do not offer automatic updates, people should enable it, the department said.

It also advised changing passwords, as original passwords may have been compromised during the infection.

The National Crime Agency advised computer users to consult the Government-backed getsafeonline.org website.

From that website, computer users can download tailored anti-virus software which has been provided for free by eight companies.
Symantec also advised computer users to review all their bank and credit card statements for irregularities.

It also advised being cautious when handling unsolicited or unexpected emails, particularly during the two-week window before hackers rebuild their network.

Experts have also warned users to back-up all valuable data.

Many of those whose computers have already been infected will be contacted by their internet service providers.

Miss Power, a chef who runs a business from home, told Channel 4 News UK: ‘I could actually feel perspiration coming out through me.
‘I lost everything: family photographs, recipes, payroll, my accounts package. It was devastating.’

The attack was so complex that an external storage unit that was connected to the computer at the time was targeted by the gang, preventing Miss Power from accessing it.

AEV Ltd, a varnish factory in Birkenhead UK, was hit with ‘utter disaster’ when the criminals hacked into the company’s bank account to fake two payments costing £100,000.
The criminals created two fake payment pages and tricked an employee of the company into authorising them.
Managing director Jonathan Kemp said: ‘It started out as a normal day and ultimately by the afternoon in a period of three minutes we were £100,000 down.’

Although the company was refunded by the bank, Mr Kemp said he spoke to other companies who had been hit by the scam, accumulating their losses at £3.5 million.

Stewart Garrick, from the National Cyber Crime Unit, said that solicitor firms, police stations in America and academic institutions had been targeted.

Charlie McMurdie, former head of the national ecrime unit, described the threat as a ‘cyber plague’ and warned that it could also be used to target mobile phones.
She said: ‘Once one of these plagues is released everybody will pick up on it, adapt it and people around the world will be using these sorts of virus to carry out crime.
‘It’s not just computers, this kind of malware is now being hitting our mobile phones.’
‘It can have a significant impact on individuals and companies.’
She said that the virus ‘had been known about for a long period of time’ and said that warnings about the virus had been issued over the last few months.


US says Russian National Committed Cyber Crimes



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Now iHackers are Targeting the US

+ Australians Told to Change their iCloud Passwords after Cyber Attack


  • Australian Apple users have been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' who is demanding US$100 for users to woken early Tuesday to alert their device had been hacked
  • Attack has spread overseas with reports of U.S. users being hacked

The Apple hackers targeting Australian users over the last few days have spread their operation abroad with the first accounts of attacks in the U.S.
Reports started surfacing on Tuesday of a hacker calling himself 'Oleg Pliss' locking Australian Apple users out of their devices and then demanding a ransom of between US$50 and US$100 for the device to be unlocked.
The cyber-attack seems to have spread across the ocean, with U.S. users reporting on Apple support threads they have also received ransom notifications from 'Oleg Pliss'.




iJacked: Apple users in Austrlia began reporting their phones had been locked and held to ransom early on Tuesday morning


The Sydney Morning Herald reporting that one user wrote on an Apple support thread: 'I'm in the US. Never been to Australia. Hacked last night.'

It's unclear how the hackers gained access to the devices, while some users are pointing to a breach of their iCloud accounts, Apple insists iCloud was not compromised.

It has also been suggested that the breach was the result of a password scam, resulting from people using the same password for multiple accounts.

Melbourne iPad owner 'veritylikestea' posted to an Apple support forum that her iPad 'suddenly locked itself' on Tuesday morning.
'There was a message on the screen ... saying that my device(s) had been hacked by Oleg Pliss,' she told Australian Associated Press.

The message demanded she pay US$100 (AU$108.20) through PayPal for her device to be unlocked.




Staying tight-lipped:
Apple are keeping quiet on the security breach, despite mounting concern
and anger on their own online support forum and technology website Whirlpool



Apple released a statement about the incident.
'Apple takes security very seriously and iCloud was not compromised during this incident. Impacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services,' it read.

On Tuesday the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online initiative offered a statement saying that 'available information is limited' but they urged people to change their Apple ID password as soon as possible, even if they have not been targeted as a precaution.
They also instructed people not to pay the ransom.

The NSW Police also issued a 'scam alert' and urged Apple users to change their passwords.
Oleg Pliss is likely a pseudonym, a real Oleg Pliss is a software engines at Oracle, he was contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald and confirmed that he had never hacked an Apple device.





Reports are emerging of U.S. Apple users who have been locked out of their devices and have received ransom notices from Oleg Pliss


The NSW Police also issued a 'scam alert' and urged Apple users to change their passwords.
Oleg Pliss is likely a pseudonym, a real Oleg Pliss is a software engines at Oracle, he was contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald and confirmed that he had never hacked an Apple device.
MailOnline sought comment from Apple, Optus and Telstra.
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ok this is the type of guy that the goverment SHOULD be going after not people who download the latest episode of Glee for example. he SHOULD be in jail. there is no doubt that it's hard to make it up on that board. this is one guy i get why the goverment would want in jail. as he should be. if he is the right guy of course. i only say that without knowing the full details. cause there is no doubt stuff they are keeping to themself. either way they should stop spending time on people who download movies, music or anything else that isn't child porn. and going after guys like this.
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