Following a series of events starting in mid-July, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a 27-year-old Russian was arrested after traveling to the US in order to recruit and convince an employee of a Nevada company to install malware on their employer’s network in exchange for $1,000,000. The FBI filed charges on Monday against Kriuchkov who faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
According to ZDNet the FBI had begun monitoring Kriuchkov after being notified by the employee of the target company. The employee was initially offered $500,000 in exchange for installing malware on the company’s computers. Working with the FBI the employee then negotiated with the hackers up to $1,000,000 with an up front payment of 1 bitcoin.
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