The elusive head of one of the world’s most successful online criminal gangs wanted by the FBI was quietly using the Gameover Zeus banking trojan for political espionage inline with Russian interests and may have the protection of Moscow, researchers contend.
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, better known online as Slavik, has evaded arrest despite a $US3 million bounty set by the FBI.
Bogachev is thought to be the co-head of a six-member highly-secretive criminal circle calling itself the Business Club that was using the highly capable Gameover Zeus malware to fleece banks of more than an estimated $US100 million.
The unprecedented insight into Business Club by Dutch firm Fox IT reveals the Bogachev kept secret his investigations into Ukrainian, Georgian, and Turkish Government intelligence agencies from other members of the group who hail from those countries.
In one instance he probed Ankara regarding what it knew of the movement of Russian fighters to Syria, according to the research.
The work is a product of years of collaboration between Fox IT, Crowdstrike, and the FBI revealed at Black Hat Las Vegas this week.
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