U.S. action against suspected Russia n cyber criminals has surged to a record high this year despite efforts by President Donald Trump to improve ties with Moscow.
The United States has arrested or indicted seven Russia ns on U.S. cyber crime charges in 2017. On average, just two Russia n cyber criminals were extradited to the United States each year between 2010 and the start of this year.
Below is a breakdown of the arrests and indictments so far this year:
Arrested in Spain on Jan. 13, aged 32.
Lisov, also known by hacker names “Black” and “Blackf”, according to court documents, is accused of creating the “NeverQuest” banking trojan which targeted customers of financial institutions around the world and caused millions of dollars of damage.
A Spanish court agreed to extradite Lisov to the United States in early August, where he faces up to 35 years in prison. Lisov’s lawyer opposed the extradition, arguing that the allegations and evidence against him were too vague, that the United States did not have jurisdiction over any of the alleged crimes.
Indicted on March 15, aged 43.
One of two officers from Russia ‘s Federal Security Service (FSB) charged by the United States in March with masterminding the 2014 theft of up to 500 million Yahoo accounts, the first time the U.S. government criminally charged Russia n spies for cyber offences. Reuters was unable to reach Sushchin for comment.
Indicted on March 15, aged 33.
The second FSB officer indicted in the Yahoo hack and Sushchin’s subordinate. Allegedly a former hacker who stole and sold credit card details under the online alias “Forb”, Dokuchayev was one of four men detained on mysterious treason charges by Russia n authorities in late 2016. He is currently being held in Moscow. Reuters was unable to reach Dokuchayev for...