Enter The Matrix: Russia’s Most Famous Hackers Of All Time

Modern-day cyberslavs hacking the Matrix and getting rich of it…

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Cyber safety is one of the most important and uncontrollable issues in the world. There is absolutely no doubt, that information is the most valuable recourse, but with it being so accessible and mobile, it`s safety is still an abstract idea. As almost every hacker`s moot says: “No system is safe”. And that is, unfortunately true. There are hundreds of thousands illegal operations going every day that are a real threat not just for people`s personal data, there are banks, financial market, governmental secrets and strategies. So, with that being said, let’s have a look at the best ones, who stands behind these operations and which of them are Russian.

Vladimir Drinkman


Vladimir and his team caused more than $ 312 million in damage to the American business. Through the creation of the “GOZI” virus, Vladimir and his team were able to infect more than 40,000 computers (and this is only in the US). With the help of this virus, they kidnapped 100 million credit cards, and about 20 companies penetrated the base. Sentence: 12 years in prison USA

Yevgeny Bogachev


A figure of the list of the most wanted FBI criminals. I stole $ 100 million from American citizens and companies. Bogachev, according to the FBI, became a large-scale figure in the world of cybercriminals more than a decade ago when he and his “colleagues” (the organized group of cybercriminals included citizens of Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom) developed malicious ZeuS. This software appeared in 2006 (according to some data – in 2007). It is a sample of software designed to commit unlawful acts. First and foremost, Zeus’s goal is to steal user credentials that are used to conduct financial transactions. As reported by the Republic with reference to Wired, cyberwar between the US and Bogachev began in the spring of 2009. Then the FBI drew attention to the fact that the large loss of money from bank accounts of several companies unites that they were all made from IP-addresses inside the companies themselves. As it turned out, computers were infected with a virus-trojan Zeus (“Zeus”). The person who invented it was known only by pseudonyms in the network – Slavik, lucky12345 and several others. Now this person is claimed to be part of U.S. `2016 President elections falsification

Denis Stepanov, Alexander Petrov, Ivan Maksakov

For more than a year they attacked the bookmaker Internet offices in the UK with the demand to pay tens of thousands of dollars. In case of refusal hackers blocked Internet sites of these companies, which turned into huge losses. 25-year-old Petersburger Denis Stepanov, 24-year-old Astrakhan Alexander Petrov and 22-year-old Balakovo Ivan Maksakov met on the Internet and never met in their lives. They were boys at home: this was the first case in the country of a lawsuit relating to cybercrime. Hackers received for 8 years.

Dmitry Galushkevich


The only picture that is availible for masses, his crime case is now top secret. In 2007, Dmitry left all of Estonia without the Internet. At that time, banks, government websites did not work, some state systems had to be temporarily disconnected. In Estonia at this time there were wild riots. Dmitry did not like the fact that they moved the statues of the bronze Russian soldiers who died fighting in Estonia. Dmitry was not put in prison, he was fined $ 1500.

Group 37. Grouping, as the name implies, out of 37 people – both Russians, and not very much. The gang cashed in money – only about $ 70 million – from accounts of Americans with the help of the Zeus virus (Zeus). Under the impact hit the system of many eminent banks. Team leader Alexander Fyodorov was 20 years in prison and half a million dollars in fine. However, he went on a deal with the FBI and got off only 10 months and a hundred “green” in the form of a fine.

Vasily Gorshkov and Alexei Ivanov 


Russian hackers from Chelyabinsk managed to hack PayPal, Western Union and many other payment systems in 2000 – just 40 companies in 10 US states. Hackers stole $ 25 million from 16,000 credit cards. To catch the intruders, the FBI organized a shell company in the US, where Gorshkov and Ivanov arrived. As a result, they were sentenced to three and four years’ imprisonment respectively. The FBI has caused an international scandal, which is why the Chelyabinsk FSB officers even brought a case against their American counterparts.

Vladimir Levin


In 1994, after graduating from the St. Petersburg State Technological Institute, Levin managed to steal 12 million US dollars from Citibank customers, and all this he did from his apartment in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately for Levin, Interpol tracked him down and arrested Stansted at London airport. He was extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 240,015 US dollars (plus the return of all stolen money). It is believed that Levin could be a member of an organized group (the leader of this group or the person taking orders) associated with the Russian mafia.

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