Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The FBI recently announced the addition of five people to its Cyber Most Wanted List for hacking and fraud crimes collectively involving hundreds of thousands of victims and tens of millions of dollars in losses (h/t The Register).
The FBI is offering rewards of up to $100,000 for information leading to their arrests.
The five additions to the list are as follows:
- Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin, wanted for allegedly accessing business telephone systems between 2008 and 2012, resulting in losses exceeding $50 million.
- Carlos Perez-Melara, wanted for a variety of cyber crimes, including allegedly running a Web site in 2003 that promised customers a way to "catch a cheating lover." Those who signed up downloaded spyware that allowed scammers to steal their identities and personal data.
- Andrey Nabilevich Taame, wanted for his alleged involvement with the DNSChanger malware, which compromised more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries between 2007 and 2011.
- Alexsey Belan, wanted for allegedly stealing sensitive data and employees' identities from the networks of three U.S.-based companies in 2012 and 2013.
"Throughout its history, the FBI has depended on the public's help and support to bring criminals to justice," Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch (CCRSB), said in a statement. "That was true in the gangster era, and it’s just as true in the cyber era. We need the public's help to catch these individuals who have made it their mission to spy on and steal from our nation and our citizens."