[T]he FBI recently announced a variety of international characters that have made their way to the top of the charts – of the United States’ most wanted list. The five newcomers to the list are wanted for a variety of scams, including cheating the broken-hearted, who were trying to catch their cheating lovers.
In declaring the addition of the new subjects—along with compensation of up to $100,000 for information leading to their detainment—Executive Assistant Director of our Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch Richard McFeely called on the people’s help to catch the thieves.
“Throughout its history, the FBI has depended on the public’s help and support to bring criminals to justice. That was true in the gangster era, and it’s just as true in the cyber era,” McFeely said. “We need the public’s help to catch these individuals who have made it their mission to spy on and steal from our nation and our citizens.”
Click to view larger images of the new fugitives on the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted list, who are:
Pakistani nationals Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin, wanted for their alleged involvement in an international telecommunications hacking scheme. Between 2008 and 2012, the pair gained unauthorized access to business telephone systems, resulting in losses exceeding $50 million. Arshad and Uddin are part of an international criminal ring that the FBI believes extends into Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Italy, Malaysia and elsewhere.
CarlosPerez-Melara, wanted for a variety of cyber crimes—including running a fraudulent website in 2003 that offered customers a way to “catch a cheating lover.” Those who took the bait downloaded spyware that secretly installed a program on their computers that allowed scammers to steal the victims’ identities and personal information.
Syrian national Andrey NabilevichTaame, wanted for his alleged role in Operation Ghost Click, a malware scheme that compromised more than four million computers in more than 100 countries between 2007 and October 2011; there were at least 500,000 victims in the United States alone.
Russian national Alexsey Belan, wanted for allegedly remotely accessing the computer networks of three U.S.-based companies in 2012 and 2013 and stealing sensitive data as well as employees’ identities.