A Russian man accused of arranging conspiracy in order to commit a cybercrime has been detained in the United States, reports the press service of the U.S. Department of Justice.
"A Russian national made his initial appearance in federal court Monday for his role in a conspiracy to recruit an employee of a company to introduce malicious software into the company’s computer network, extract data from the network, and extort ransom money from the company," the statement said.
According to the court, Egor Kriuchkov, a 27-year-old citizen of Russia, along with alleged accomplices, conspired with associates to recruit an employee of a company in order to introduce malware into the company’s computer network.
The malware would supposedly provide the individual and his co-conspirators with access to the company’s system. After the malware was introduced, Kriuchkov and his co-conspirators would extract data from the network and then threaten to make the information public, unless the company paid their ransom demand.
He was arrested on August 22, 2020, in Los Angeles.
As we reported earlier, in July, for the first time in history, the European Council imposed sanctions against foreign nationals and organizations for conducting hacking attacks and being involved in them.
The list includes four Russian citizens (Alexei Morenets, Yevgeny Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov, and Alexei Minin) and the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as two Chinese citizens, two organizations associated with this country and with the DPRK.