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Tech & Science Lamborghinis, baby lions, and stacks of cash: The Russian hackers in charge of 'Evil Corp' are living an absurdly lavish lifestyle

16:50  06 december  2019
16:50  06 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Image caption Alleged members of Evil Corp have shares images of personalised sports cars on their social media accounts. In a separate statement, the US Treasury alleged that, since 2017, Mr Yakubets had worked on projects for the Russian state, including the theft of confidential documents

Two leading members of Evil Corp , Maksim Yakubets of Moscow and Igor Turashev from the Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, were charged with bank fraud and Many were believed to be living in Moscow. The US treasury department also announced a m bounty for information “leading to the capture or

a man sitting at a table eating pizza: Evil Corp member Andrey Plotnitskiy. Evil Corp member Andrey Plotnitskiy.
  • The Russian hacking group Evil Corp is being sought by various international governments and suspected of a wide range of illegal activities.
  • According to the UK's National Crime Agency, the group's leader Maksim "Aqua" Yakubets is responsible for "two separate international computer hacking and bank fraud schemes" across the last 10 years that allowed his hacking group to steal millions of dollars.
  • Photos released of the group's lavish lifestyle offer a look at how they spend the millions they're accused of stealing, from exotic animals to custom Lamborghinis.
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The millionaire leader of what authorities call "the world's most harmful cyber crime group," Evil Corp, lives a life full of luxury items and exotic animals.

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Hackers known as ‘ Evil Corp ’ have been charged and sanctioned by the US for allegedly stealing over 0 million via phishing and malware attacks and being Kremlin spies – though Russia helped US authorities in going after them. US goes after ‘ Russian -based Evil Corp ’.

Members of Evil Corp are living a lavish lifestyle , funded by the life savings of their victims. According to the UK's National Crime Agency, Yakubets has been living a lavish life. He apparently drives a customized Lamborghini sportscar with a number plate that translates into the word "Thief."

Maksim "Aqua" Yakubets, a 32-year-old Russian man, was indicted on Thursday by US authorities. He's charged with carrying out "two separate international computer hacking and bank fraud schemes" across the last 10 years, which have allegedly siphoned millions of dollars from UK citizens into the coffers of Evil Corp.

Since Yakubets resides in Russia, the indictments won't impact him unless he leaves the country. "If Yakubets ever leaves the safety of Russia," the UK National Crime Agency said, "he will be arrested and extradited the US."

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Evil Corp is alleged to be behind an ever-evolving family of malicious software known Dridex, which has Underlining alleged links between cybercriminals and the Russian state, U.S. Treasury officials said Members of Evil Corp are living a lavish lifestyle , funded by the life savings of their victims.

Besides the charges filed against Yakubets and Turashev in the Western District of Pennsylvania, prosecutors filed charges in Nebraska against "John While it's unclear if the cybercrime ring's name is a reference to the television show "Mr. Robot," Evil Corp is also the name of the fictional villainous

For now, Yakubets still lives in Russia and is apparently living it up alongside his cohorts. When they're not driving his custom Lamborghinis, or taking videos of a lion cub roaming an ornate rug, they're posing for photos with wads of cash.

Take a look:

Alongside the news of the indictments, the NCA released a variety of images and video depicting the lavish lifestyles of Yakubets and his cohorts.

a person in a police car on the street: In this photo, Yakubets is seen speaking with a police officer next to his Lamborghini Huracan. In this photo, Yakubets is seen speaking with a police officer next to his Lamborghini Huracan.

Here's a closer look at that custom Lamborghini Huracan, a car that costs approximately $US250,000 before any customisation:

a car parked on the side of a building

That's far from the only fancy vehicle in his portfolio — he's also got a Nissan GT-R, an Audi R8, and a Dodge Challenger:

a car parked in a parking lot

A video montage of their lives depicts tire burnouts, goofing around with electronics, and a surprising appearance from a lion cub:

Another such video details the life of Yakubets specifically, from his custom Lambo to his ornate 2017 wedding:

One final image was also released: Yakubets' wanted poster.

a screenshot of a social media post

The FBI is offering as much as $US5 million for information that could lead to the arrest and/or conviction of Evil Corp's leader Maksim Yakubets. It's the largest-ever reward offered by the FBI for an alleged cyber criminal.

For more information on the indictments, check out the release from the National Crime Agency right here.

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