United States Department of Justice has charged a Russian individual with the conspiracy for trying to recruit & convince an employee at a Nevada firm to install malware on the firm’s network frame. He also offered to pay the worker $1 Mln in Bitcoin [BTC] or Cash.
The alleged Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov entered the United States with a Russian passport along with a tourist visa and he met with an employee of an anonymous company several times to discuss his plan, the Department of Justice added within an official press-release.
The employee, whose identity wasn’t revealed, informed the FBI about it. Kriuchkov was arrested earlier on 22nd Aug. from Loss Angeles.
He wanted the worker to install the malware onto the company’s system. Kriuchkov along with his co-conspirators would then extract data from the network, that they were planning to use to threaten the firm later for ransom. He allegedly promised the worker that their team will launch a DDoS attack to keep the firm’s security team occupied, Decrypt added.
To convince the worker, Kriuchkov reportedly offered 1 BTC as advance payment. He helped the worker to set up a Bitcoin wallet via Tor, an anonymous browser, and told him that the Bitcoin transfer would happen within a few days. He also provided the worker with a burner phone, with instructions to use the phone in airplane mode until the money was transferred.
Earlier on 21st Aug., Kriuchkov told the worker that their plan would be delayed as his group was first trying to end some other projects. He also said that he would be leaving the United States soon. When the FBI agents contacted Kriuchkov, he immediately fled from Reno, Nevada, to Los Angeles.