Risk
11/5/2013
01:51 PM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

FBI Seeks Information Regarding Several Cyber Fugitives

Rewards are being offered for information that leads to the arrest of five additions to Cyber's Most Wanted list

The FBI announced today the addition of five individuals to its Cyber's Most Wanted and is seeking information from the public regarding their whereabouts. They are Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin; Carlos Perez-Melara; Andrey Nabilevich Taame; and Alexsey Belan. Rewards ranging from up to $50,000 to $100,000 are being offered for information that leads to their arrest.

"The FBI will not stand by and watch our cyber adversaries attack our networks; we will track down and arrest individuals who have made it their mission to spy on and steal from our nation and citizens," said Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. "Because cyber crime knows no boundaries, cyber criminals think they can hide overseas. But we are using our international partnerships and the publicity generated by our Cyber's Most Wanted to ferret them out."

Fugitives Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin are wanted for their alleged involvement in an international telecommunications scheme and hacking venture to defraud individuals, telecom companies, and government entities in the United States and abroad, resulting in losses exceeding $50 million. It is alleged that between 2008 and 2012, Arshad and Uddin gained unauthorized access to business telephone systems and used those systems to initiate long-distance telephone calls to premium rate numbers through a scheme known as international revenue share fraud. The conspiracy caused the owners of the compromised telephone systems to be billed for services they neither ordered nor desired. 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 other locations.

Arshad and Uddin were indicted for unauthorized access to a protected computer; conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer; wire fraud; conspiracy to commit wire fraud; and identity theft.

Carlos Perez-Melara is wanted for his alleged involvement in manufacturing software that was used to intercept the private communications of hundreds, if not thousands, of victims around September 2003. As part of the scheme, Perez-Melara ran a website offering customers a way to "catch a cheating lover" by sending "spyware" disguised as an electronic greeting card. Victims who opened the card unwittingly installed a program that collected keystrokes and other incoming and outgoing electronic communications. The programs, created by Perez-Melara and known as "Lover Spy" and "e-mail PI," would periodically send e-mail messages to his customers, allowing them to obtain passwords, lists of visited websites, and intercepted e-mail messages of the intended victims.

Perez-Melara was indicted for manufacturing a surreptitious interception device; sending a surreptitious interception device; advertising a surreptitious interception device; advertising and promoting the surreptitious use of an interception device; intercepting electronic communications; disclosing electronic communications; and unauthorized access to a protected computer for financial gain.

The FBI is seeking Andrey Nabilevich Taame for his alleged involvement in Operation Ghost Click, a scheme that infected more than four million computers located in more than 100 countries from approximately 2007 to October 2011. At least 500,000 victims were in the United States. The scheme involved changing a computer's Domain Name System (DNS) settings. The DNS serves as a phone book for the Internet by translating domain names, such as www.fbi.gov, into Internet protocol (IP) addresses, thus allowing Internet traffic to be routed to the correct destination. As part of the scheme, Taame and six other individuals--who have since been arrested--used software that changed the victims' computers' DNS settings, therefore redirecting users' legitimate Internet traffic to websites users did not intend to visit. This allowed Taame and his co-conspirators to hijack Internet traffic to commit online advertising fraud by diverting traffic from websites with no commercial relationship to websites that pay for online hits.

Taame was indicted for wire fraud; unauthorized access to a protected computer; and conspiracy to commit both offenses.

Alexsey Alekseyevich Belan is wanted for his alleged involvement in the unauthorized taking of data from three U.S.-based companies in 2012 and 2013. It is believed Belan remotely accessed the victim companies' computer networks without authorization and thereby obtained information for the purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain. Belan is also alleged to have knowingly possessed and used, without lawful authority, means of identification belonging to employees of the companies during and in relation to his unauthorized taking of the company data.

Belan was indicted for obtaining information from a protected computer; possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices; and aggravated identity theft.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-7298
Published: 2014-10-24
adsetgroups in Centrify Server Suite 2008 through 2014.1 and Centrify DirectControl 3.x through 4.2.0 on Linux and UNIX allows local users to read arbitrary files with root privileges by leveraging improperly protected setuid functionality.

CVE-2014-8346
Published: 2014-10-24
The Remote Controls feature on Samsung mobile devices does not validate the source of lock-code data received over a network, which makes it easier for remote attackers to cause a denial of service (screen locking with an arbitrary code) by triggering unexpected Find My Mobile network traffic.

CVE-2014-0619
Published: 2014-10-23
Untrusted search path vulnerability in Hamster Free ZIP Archiver 2.0.1.7 allows local users to execute arbitrary code and conduct DLL hijacking attacks via a Trojan horse dwmapi.dll that is located in the current working directory.

CVE-2014-2230
Published: 2014-10-23
Open redirect vulnerability in the header function in adclick.php in OpenX 2.8.10 and earlier allows remote attackers to redirect users to arbitrary web sites and conduct phishing attacks via a URL in the (1) dest parameter to adclick.php or (2) _maxdest parameter to ck.php.

CVE-2014-7281
Published: 2014-10-23
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in Shenzhen Tenda Technology Tenda A32 Router with firmware 5.07.53_CN allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of administrators for requests that reboot the device via a request to goform/SysToolReboot.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.