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).
Pavel Aleksandrovich Akulov is a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officer who has conspired with others to obtain and maintain unauthorized persistent access to hundreds of U.S. and international energy companies, thereby enabling the Russian government to disrupt and damage such facilities. He and his co-conspirators targeted more than 380 foreign energy-sector companies in 135 countries. Targeted companies included U.S. and foreign global oil and gas firms, utility and electrical grid companies, nuclear power plants, renewable energy companies, consulting and engineering groups, and advanced technology firms.
Akulov is a member of an FSB component known as Center 16 where he works in an operational group called Military Unit 71330, recognized by cyber security researchers as “Dragonfly,” “Energetic Bear,” and “Crouching Yeti.”
He has been charged by U.S. authorities with computer intrusion, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft offenses.
Anyone with information on Pavel Aleksandrovich Akulov’s malicious cyber activity should contact Rewards for Justice via the Tor-based tips-reporting channel at: he5dybnt7sr6cm32xt77pazmtm65flqy6irivtflruqfc5ep7eiodiad.onion
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