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Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker

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Very interesting and captivating article!!

 

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..............

 

https://www.wired.co...cker-spy-botnet

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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.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

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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.

 

Regards,

 

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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Amazing- a rare case where the Russian hacker gets nabbed. Interesting!

Thanks, Aryeh...

 

Clutter

 

Note to self: Do not do computer crimes and then go on vacation in Finland...

 

:fishing: :bangin:

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