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FBI reveals Russia’s most wanted hackers after bungling spies unmask 300 agents

FBI reveals Russia’s most wanted hackers after bungling spies unmask 300 agents

Washington, 11 October 2018 (MIA) - The FBI has revealed seven of Russia’s most wanted hackers who could be “armed and dangerous” after bungling spies inadvertently outed 300 more Kremlin agents.

Russian government operatives were charged with hacking into the computers networks of organisations attempting to stop Russian athletic doping.

The Bureau has now released pictures of seven men “wanted” over various offences including computer fraud and aggravated identity theft, The Sun reports.

The indictment charged Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, Alexey Valerevich Minin, Aleksei Sergeyevich Morenets, Evgenii Mikhaylovich Serebriakov, Oleg Mikhaylovich Sotnikov, and Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov.

It added that the men “should be considered armed and dangerous” and could be an “international flight risk”.

Their appeal comes as Vladimir Putin faced fresh humiliation over the “dumb Bond” spies who were caught in Holland after the men accidentally revealed hundreds of other agents.

Spy agencies now have information on the Russian cyber spies after two of the men apprehended in The Hague had passports with their real names and dates of birth.

Investigative site Bellingcat looked into the profile of one of the hackers, Alexsei Morenets.

They discovered his car was linked to the same address of the Krelim’s cyber warfare department.

Bellingcat then found there were 305 cars registered to that address and the list of GRU spies includes their names, passport details and phone numbers.

It is believed the men on that list are part of Putin’s alleged cyber attack unit.

However, a spokesman for Putin accused of Britain and other countries were “obsessed with hysteria, spy mania and Russophobia” and the Kremlim dismissed the allegations.

In what experts have branded a "shambles", the GRU team was nabbed outside the world's chemical weapons watchdog while attempting to sabotage the Salisbury Novichok probe.

Morenets, Serebriakov, Sotnikov and Minin were tracked by MI6 and Dutch intelligence who embarrassed Moscow by seizing their equipment and releasing mugshots.

The four were seized red-handed in a hire car beside the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at The Hague in April. sk/11:20


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