The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has added five new names to its “Cyber’s Most Wanted” list, bringing the total number of fugitives urgently wanted in relation to computer and data-related crimes to 17.
“The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and major cyber fraud,” bureau spokesman Richard McFeely said in a statement. “The expansion of the Cyber’s Most Wanted list is a reflection of the FBI’s increased efforts in this area.”
One of the new inductees is Andrey Nabilevich Taame, a Russian national wanted for his alleged involvement with DNSChanger, a malware scam that infected some four million PCs between 2007 and 2011. Six other men were arrested in the FBI’s 2011 DNSChanger sting – dubbed “Operation Ghost Click” – and at least one pleaded guilty earlier this year, but so far, Taame has avoided capture.