The FBI is offering $4.2 million for info on the creator of the world’s most infamous malware Zeus

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(FBI) The FBI's raised the bounty for Zeus' suspected creator The FBI has raised the bounty on the man it believes is the criminal mastermind behind one of the most widely used malware attack tools in the world, to $4.2 million.

The FBI revealed the $1.2 million bounty increase on its "Cyber Most Wanted" page. The bounty is available to anyone who can offer information leading to the arrest and or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

Bogachev was originally charged by he FBI for a variety of offenses in 2014 and carried a $3 million bounty.
The FBI says he is currently "wanted for his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and scheme that installed, without authorisation, malicious software known as ‘Zeus’ on victims’ computers.”

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Zeus is a financially focused malware designed to steal valuable information from machines, such as bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and online banking account login details.
It was one of the most used and successful botnet attack tools used by cyber criminals and is believed to have enslaved between 500,000 to a million computers at its peak.
However, the use of Zeus subsequently dropped in June 2014, after a coordinated strike by law enforcement agencies across the globe, including the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) temporarily shut down its criminal network.

Bogachev is believed to currently live in Anapa, Russia, a seaside resort town on the northern coast of the Black Sea, where he reportedly sails his yacht.

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