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Feds Indict 'Evil Corp'

No, this is not a Mike Myers movie
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2019 1:12 PM CST
The Department of Justice logo.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – The Justice Department has just announced criminal charges and sanctions against a Russian hacking organization named—wait for it—Evil Corp. Yes, really. As NPR reports, Russian nationals are accused of running the group, which federal law enforcement officials say is responsible for the Dridex malware that stole banking information in a scheme that has netted hackers, you guessed it, a very Dr. Evil-sounding $100 million. But as CNN notes, the name "Evil Corp." actually appears to be a reference to the show Mr. Robot, which features a "monolithic corporation" bearing that name.

Officials from the Justice and Treasury departments also believe the Russian government may have been complicit in the whole thing. "It's simply inconceivable that an organization like this can steal that amount of money from that money places using a distributive malware like Dridex without the Russian government being well-aware of those activities," senior Treasury officials said. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called the group "one of the world's most prolific cybercriminal organizations." The State Department is offering $5 million for information leading to the arrest of the group's alleged leader, Maksim Yakubets, who is also alleged to have carried out separate cyber crimes for the Russian government and was already on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Another Russian national, Igor Turashev, was also indicted. (Read more Russia stories.)

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