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    US: Russian man offered worker $1M to sew malware in Nevada

    If you work in a valuable company, this is the world we live in now.

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Russian citizen has been arrested and charged with offering an employee of a Nevada company $1 million to sew malware for an attack to harvest company data for ransom, U.S. authorities said Tuesday.

    Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, was arrested Saturday after meeting with the employee and then driving overnight from Reno to Los Angeles, where the FBI said he planned to fly out of the country, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Reno.

    The plot was stopped before any damage occurred, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse in Las Vegas.

    Kriuchkov made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Los Angeles on a charge of conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer, U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said.

    A magistrate judge ordered Kriuchkov to remain in federal custody pending trial, the prosecutor said. A conviction could result in a sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    Court records did not immediately reflect the name of an attorney who could speak on Kriuchkov’s behalf. He is expected to be transferred in custody to Reno in coming days.

    “We are committed to holding accountable anyone who plots to use malicious cyber tactics to harm American consumers and companies,” Trutanich said.

    Kriuchkov traveled to the United States on his Russian passport and a tourist visa, prosecutors said.

    The business in Nevada was identified only as “Victim Company A” in a criminal complaint that alleges Kruichkov spent more than five weeks communicating by an internet chat app and in person with the unnamed employee. Some meetings were monitored and recorded by the FBI. It is not clear in the documents if money changed hands.

    The employee was expected to install software enabling an entity referred to as “the group" initiate a “distributed denial of service” attack — flooding and crashing the company computer system to occupy tech security officials while a second intrusion obtained data.

    Other suspected co-conspirators are identified in the complaint by nicknames including Kisa and Pasha; a person is identified as Sasha Skarobogatov; and references are made to at least one other failed effort to target another company.
    US: Russian man offered worker $1M to sew malware in Nevada | National News | mcdowellnews.com

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    Sew?
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    Americans.

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    sow wut ? capitalism

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    Entry Klondyke abut the inhumanity of the US in Vietnam 1973-1974 in Da Nang Province . . . or a long article showing Russia's economic well-being

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    russian chinese.

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    Russians. It's usually about the money. It's the Nigeria of the Northern hemisphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Russians. It's usually about the money. It's the Nigeria of the Northern hemisphere.
    In contrast to other nationalities ... (How comforting - and exceptional - that a crime in USA is not exercised by a local citizen.. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Russians. It's usually about the money. It's the Nigeria of the Northern hemisphere.
    Very true . . . and here's an apologist scamster now, right on cue

    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    In contrast to other nationalities ...
    Yes. Well done.

    So, nothing to say about the article?

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    Highly educated citizen of a western regime misuse of a standard ameristani word:

    SOW for Software Development [Editable Template] - Bonsai

    1. Objective of the SOW for software development. The objective of your project as a freelancer, whether it is building systems or developing applications, will need to be clearly mentioned in the SOW for software development.

    2. Description of services in the SOW for software development

    http://SOW for Software Development ...late] - Bonsai

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The employee was expected to install software
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    ameristani
    I thought you said on another thread that you aren't judgemental in your posts?


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    Highly educated citizen of a western regime misuse of a standard ameristani word:

    SOW for Software Development [Editable Template] - Bonsai
    Ah, a word that is specific to one industry is now, when it suits you, a 'standard ameristani' word? You are so full of shit.

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    Moving past pinky and perky's waffling, it is clear that the Russians are the global leaders in financial cybercrime, with tacit government approval.

    And now they are trying to bribe company employees to plant malware.

    Although the chinkies use a similar procedure in their IP theft campaigns.

    This is why the concept of Zero Trust has gained traction in recent years. The basic principle is that you don't trust anything on your network even if it is one of your own users or computers.

    This story illustrates why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Russians. It's usually about the money. It's the Nigeria of the Northern hemisphere.
    I had a friend who lived there and she enjoyed her time for the most part, but she did confirm that it's like the Wild West at times and corrupt as hell.

    The Nigeria comparison works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I had a friend who lived there and she enjoyed her time for the most part, but she did confirm that it's like the Wild West at times and corrupt as hell.

    The Nigeria comparison works.
    With the amount of money involved, you know organised crime is involved, and where there is organised crime there is at least tacit Putin approval.

    RT will probably be reporting how the arrested Russian is a monk who does a lot of charity work and is innocent of any crime.

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    Funny that, RT aren't covering the story.

    Maybe they missed it. I would send them a link, but they banned me months ago for mentioning their Novochok factory.....


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    I actually watch it from time to time for a laugh. It's hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It has been revealed that the target was Tesla.
    Without any legal evidence to back your story up.

    "accused a Russian man of offering $1 million to the employee of a Nevada company, identified only as “Company A,"

    No actual evidence of the company name.

    "The employee reported the offer to Tesla"

    We are to assume the employee was a Tesla employee?

    "“The purpose of the conspiracy was to recruit an employee of a company to surreptitiously transmit malware provided by the coconspirators into the company’s computer system, exfiltrate data from the company’s network, and threaten to disclose the data online unless the company paid the coconspirators’ ransom demand,” prosecutors wrote in the complaint."

    No actual evidence of the company name.

    "there was plenty of Twitter speculation—and several sourceless blog reports—that Tesla’s site in Nevada was the target. In a Tweet responding to one of the unconfirmed reports, Musk wrote: “Much appreciated. This was a serious attack.”"

    A certain company executive thanked the employee of whom?

    "Musk didn’t elaborate on his two-sentence Twitter confirmation, and Tesla representatives didn’t respond to an email seeking comment for this post"

    The certain company executive failed to confirm the story, under oath, to the enquiry.

    A storey for "experts", in the press and on our beloved TD, to fantasise about and wonder if their own company could could be worth such a carrot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I actually watch it from time to time for a laugh. It's hilarious.
    Don't have it where I am but when I check into a hotel and turn on the telly it's the first channel I look for. It's unintentionally amusing, just like watching Fox 'News'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan B View Post
    It's unintentionally amusing, just like watching Fox 'News'.
    But, like Fox, a few minutes suffices



    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Without any legal evidence to back your story up.
    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post

    . . . says Beijing-OhOh . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I actually watch it from time to time for a laugh. It's hilarious.
    That's quite worrisome. With a laugh it's usually starting. However, a shrink could help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    That's quite worrisome. With a laugh it's usually starting. However, a shrink could help...
    Can you make sense once in a while, you useless Commie cnut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    With the amount of money involved, you know organised crime is involved, and where there is organised crime there is at least tacit Putin approval.

    RT will probably be reporting how the arrested Russian is a monk who does a lot of charity work and is innocent of any crime.
    As I recall, last one was a chef/restaurateur.

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    Markets have shrugged it off, Tesla stock doing well regardless, >$2200 from $700 in 4 months.

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