Russian hacker group Evil Corp targets US workers at home

(BBC) – A Russian hacking group is launching ransomware attacks against a number of US companies, targeting employees who are working from home due to Covid-19.

Evil Corp hackers have tried to access at least 31 organizations’ networks in order to cripple systems and demand millions of dollars in ransom.

The group’s two alleged leaders were indicted by the US Justice Department in December 2019.

There are concerns that US voting systems could also be targeted.

Last year, US authorities filed charges against Evil Corp’s alleged leaders Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev, accusing them of using malware to steal millions of dollars from groups including schools and religious organisations in over 40 countries.

Officials announced a $5m reward for information leading to their arrest, which they said was the largest amount ever offered for a cyber criminal. Both men are still at large.

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