Cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime are among the fastest growing security threats in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made the situation worse. According to the FBI, since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, cybercrime has increased by some 400 percent.
Any information regarding these cyber criminals should be sent to the U.S. Secret Service by e-mail at Rewards@usss.dhs.gov.
Cyber intrusions are becoming more commonplace, more dangerous, and more sophisticated, and target both private and public sector networks. Businesses and companies are targeted for trade secrets and sensitive data, universities and laboratories are targeted for research and development while private citizens are victimized by fraudsters and identity thieves.
In late July, the U.S. Department of State announced rewards of up to $1 million each for information leading to the arrests or convictions of Ukrainian nationals Artem Viacheslavovich Radchenko and Oleksandr Vitalyevich Ieremenko. Both are suspected of participating in transnational organized cybercrime.
Based on an investigation of their activities, Radchenko and Ieremenko have been accused of hacking into the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system and indicted for securities fraud conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, computer fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and computer fraud. The 16-count indictment alleges that the two hackers stole thousands of confidential files, which were then illegally sold for profit. The Securities and Exchange Commission has also filed a civil complaint, charging Ieremenko and other individuals and entities.