US offers record $3 million bounty for Russian hacker

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The U.S. is offering its largest bounty in a cyber crime case ever for a Russian hacker on the FBI’s most wanted list.
US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton (R) listens while Federal Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director for Cyber Security Joseph Demarest speaks during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.The United States on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward for information to apprehend a Russian national sought in a major hacking enterprise that stole some $100 million. The State Department made the announcement of the reward for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, believed to be the administrator of the group that created the 'GameOver Zeus' malware that enabled thieves to break into bank accounts in 12 countries. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director for Cyber Security Joseph Demarest (R) listens while US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton speaks during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The United States on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward for information to apprehend a Russian national sought in a major hacking enterprise that stole some $100 million. The State Department made the announcement of the reward for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, believed to be the administrator of the group that created the 'GameOver Zeus' malware that enabled thieves to break into bank accounts in 12 countries. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director for Cyber Security Joseph Demarest (C) and US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton (R) listen while US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield (L) speaks during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The United States on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward for information to apprehend a Russian national sought in a major hacking enterprise that stole some $100 million. The State Department made the announcement of the reward for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, believed to be the administrator of the group that created the 'GameOver Zeus' malware that enabled thieves to break into bank accounts in 12 countries. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield (L), Federal Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director for Cyber Security Joseph Demarest (2R) and US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton (R) listen while US Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell speaks during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The United States on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward for information to apprehend a Russian national sought in a major hacking enterprise that stole some $100 million. The State Department made the announcement of the reward for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, believed to be the administrator of the group that created the 'GameOver Zeus' malware that enabled thieves to break into bank accounts in 12 countries. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell (L) and US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield listen during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.The United States on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward for information to apprehend a Russian national sought in a major hacking enterprise that stole some $100 million. The State Department made the announcement of the reward for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, believed to be the administrator of the group that created the 'GameOver Zeus' malware that enabled thieves to break into bank accounts in 12 countries. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield listens during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The United States on Tuesday offered a $3 million reward for information to apprehend a Russian national sought in a major hacking enterprise that stole some $100 million. The State Department made the announcement of the reward for information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, believed to be the administrator of the group that created the 'GameOver Zeus' malware that enabled thieves to break into bank accounts in 12 countries. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The U.S. is offering its largest bounty in a cyber crime case ever for a Russian hacker on the FBI's Most Wanted List.

The State Department set the reward for Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev at $3 million. Department officials believe he is the leader of a "tightly knit gang of cyber criminals" who created Gameover ZeuS - software that enables hackers to break into banks from Microsoft computers and steal massive amount of money.

More than 100 banks in 30 countries have fallen victim to the hacking ring.

Bogachev, who goes by the online aliases "lucky12345" and "slavik," was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2012 for bank fraud, conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and aggravated identity theft. In 2014, another federal grand jury indicted him for charges including wire fraud, money laundering and computer fraud.

The U.S. Department of State explains on its website, "This reward offer reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. government to bring those who participate in organized crime to justice, whether they hide online or overseas."

Authorities believe Bogachev is at large in Russia.

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