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Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker


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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 06:05 AM

Very interesting and captivating article!!

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On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down to breakfast in Bonn, Germany. He spread some jam on a slice of rye bread, poured himself a cup of coffee, and settled in to check Twitter at his dining room table.

The news about the sanctions had broken overnight, so Werner, a researcher with the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, was still catching up on details. Following a link to an official statement, Werner saw that the White House had targeted a short parade’s worth of Russian names and institutions—two intelligence agencies, four senior intelligence officials, 35 diplomats, three tech companies, two hackers. Most of the details were a blur. Then Werner stopped scrolling. His eyes locked on one name buried among the targets: Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.
Werner, as it happened, knew quite a bit about Evgeniy Bogachev. He knew in precise, technical detail how Bogachev had managed to loot and terrorize the world’s financial systems with impunity for years. He knew what it was like to do battle with him.

But Werner had no idea what role Bogachev might have played in the US election hack. Bogachev wasn’t like the other targets—he was a bank robber. Maybe the most prolific bank robber in the world. “What on earth is he doing on this list?” Werner wondered..............

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 06:36 AM

Hello,

Really an excellent report.  The timing on the use of peer-to-peer communications for controlling botnets is a little off (that had been going on for several years prior to Zeus) but what's really interesting is how it ties together how computer criminals in Russia also conduct espionage and spy on behalf of their government.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 07:43 AM

View Postgoretsky, on 23 March 2017 - 06:36 AM, said:

Hello,

Really an excellent report.  The timing on the use of peer-to-peer communications for controlling botnets is a little off (that had been going on for several years prior to Zeus) but what's really interesting is how it ties together how computer criminals in Russia also conduct espionage and spy on behalf of their government.

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Aryeh Goretsky

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about p2p control of botnets but I wonder if the others actually knew that Bogachev was working for the Russian government?
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Posted 24 March 2017 - 03:19 AM

Hello,

He certainly wouldn't be the first one:  Son of Russian Parliament member convicted in massive hacking, ID-theft scheme

Of course, not all of them have fathers who are members of the Duma (Russian parliament), sometimes their dad is just a prominent judge.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 05:59 AM

Nuts :teehee:
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 03:20 AM

Wow!
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 03:32 AM

Hello,

I guess if they don't have a connected familly, they just plead guilty.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:18 AM

Amazing- a rare case where the Russian hacker gets nabbed. Interesting!
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Edited by Cluttermagnet, 24 April 2017 - 02:20 AM.

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