FBI SEEKS MOST WANTED CYBERCRIMINALS. REWARDS AVAILABLE, BUT BE PREPARED TO RENT BOAT.

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Nobody goes to the post office anymore, right? So those top 10 most wanted posters that I eagerly read as a kid waiting for Mom to buy stamps don’t really have a special universal spot in the physical world anymore … although I think I saw one last week next to the change exchange machine at the grocery store. 

But the FBI posts lists of wanted criminals online and there’s even a special Cyber’s Most Wanted.

Number one most wanted in the gallery of ID thieves and hackers is Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, the “administrator” of the Zeus malicious software worldwide computer infiltration scheme that captured personal information and passwords needed to access online bank accounts of tens of thousands of victims.

The FBI is offering a reward for Bogachev of up to $3 million, but you might need to travel to Russia and rent a boat to hunt him down. “He is known to enjoy boating and may travel to locations along the Black Sea in his boat,” according to the FBI.

Even harder to get access to may be Sun Kailiang, Huang Zhenyu, Wen Xinyu, Wang Dong and Gu Chunhui. They are all members of the Chinese military.  Back in 2014, the Obama administration accused them of engaging in state-sponsored hacking of U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar companies in search of trade secret and other information. 

Good luck with that Chinese expedition. Plus the FBI doesn’t list any rewards for these guys. So maybe rent that Russian sailboat instead.

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