Wanted by the FBI: Maksim V. Yakubets
December 6, 2019
A reward of up to $5 million is available for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of an alleged leader of a sophisticated transnational cybercrime syndicate.
Mollie Halpern: A reward of up to $5 million is available for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of an alleged leader of a sophisticated transnational cybercrime syndicate.
Maxim Yakubets, whose online alias is “aqua,” faces charges for his role in deploying the Dridex and Zeus malware variants through phishing email campaigns.
Over a 10-year period, Yakubets and his co-conspirators targeted U.S. individuals and organizations—including a school district, Catholic nuns, and private businesses.
The malware scheme resulted in tens of millions of dollars of losses to victims worldwide while Yakubets enriched himself.
Supervisory Special Agent Steve Lampo…
Steve Lampo: He has lived a very extravagant lifestyle. He drives expensive cars, takes expensive vacations. He doesn’t hide it from his friends that he’s a cyber criminal and that he’s stealing the money and that’s how he gets rich.
Halpern: The Dridex malware continues to pose a threat, and the FBI is partnering with federal and international agencies on Yakubets’ case.
If you have information about Yakubets contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
You can also report tips online at tips.fbi.gov or dial 1-800-CALL-FBI.
With Wanted by the FBI, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.