Daily Mail claims to have located REvil threat actor wanted by FBI for ‘using ransomware to fleece millions of dollars’ from Americans
The Daily Mail is not a news outlet that I would normally turn to for breaking news about tracking down a Russian cybercriminal, but that is what they claim to have done. Will Stewart reports:
One of the FBI’s most wanted men linked to ransomware gang REvil is living freely in a Siberian city with no sign the Russian authorities are acting to detain him.
DailyMail.com tracked suspected super-hacker Yevgeniy Polyanin, 28, to a chic $380,000 (USD) home in Barnaul where he was seen driving his $74,000 Toyota Land Cruiser 200, evidently feeling untouchable.
His wife Sofia, 28, openly runs an upscale social media baking business – including racy hen party cupcakes decorated with male genitalia – while he is accused by the US authorities of extorting millions of dollars from American businesses.
Read more on The Daily Mail.
In a previously sealed indictment filed in August in the Northern District of Texas, the government alleges Polyanin also used online aliases including: LK4D4, Damnating, Damn2life, Noolleds, Autunpitre, and Affiliate23. And while he seems to be in no imminent danger of Russia extraditing him to the U.S., if he ever gets to the U.S., he is facing the following charges and counts:
18 U.S.C. § 371 (18 U.S.C. §§ 1030(a)(5)(A) and 1030(a)(7)(C)) Conspiracy to Commit Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers
18 U.S.C. §§ 1030(a)(5)(A), 1030(c)(4)(B) and 2 Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer
18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(h), 1956(a)(2)(B)(i) and 1957 Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering