Rewards for Justice is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, participates in malicious cyber activities against U.S. critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev is an officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU) who has conspired with others to engage in a global campaign to deploy destructive malware and take other disruptive actions for the strategic benefit of Russia through unauthorized access to computer networks belonging to U.S. companies and other entities.
He developed spear phishing techniques and messages used by the Russian government to target computer systems of critical infrastructure facilities worldwide, thereby enabling the Russian government to disrupt and damage such facilities.
Kovalev is a member of the GRU’s Unit 74455, recognized by cybersecurity researchers as “Sandworm Team,” “Telebots,” “Voodoo Bear,” and “Iron Viking.”
He has been charged by U.S. authorities with conspiracy to conduct computer fraud and abuse, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, damaging protected computers, and aggravated identity theft offenses.
Kovalev was previously charged with conspiring to gain unauthorized access into the computers of U.S. persons and entities involved in the administration of the 2016 U.S. elections.
Anyone with information on Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev’s malicious cyber activity should contact Rewards for Justice via the Tor-based tips-reporting channel at: he5dybnt7sr6cm32xt77pazmtm65flqy6irivtflruqfc5ep7eiodiad.onion (Tor browser required).