World’s Most Notorious Cybercriminals Start a Cyber Security Company

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – When Bukh, a noted New York attorney, set out to build a first-rate cyber security company, he didn’t need to look far. His client roster reads whole a Who’s Who of cyber hackers, thieves and crooks. Among his clients are the best minds on the planet in cyber security. Transformed and reformed, they have joined with Bukh to create CyberSec.

Who Is CyberSec

CyberSec is a unique breed in the world of cyber security firms. Offering complete services to clients in sensitive industries, CyberSec protects confidential data.

And they do it with a roster that other cyber security firms would love to have.

Comprised of some of the world’s most wanted hackers, CyberSec is rapidly establishing its position of prominence within the often esoteric world of cyber security.

The Manhattan-based company provides a buffet of cyber security services for its clients. Services include vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, data breach prevention and risk assessment and analysis.

The growing company also provides rapid incident response including cyber crime investigations, computer forensics and cyber incident readiness planning.

Through Bukh, the company also provides advice on legal compliance including cyber litigation support.

Arkady Bukh

New York criminal defense attorney Arkady Bukh is one of the founders of CyberSec.

Bukh, a Russian native, has a long-standing interest in high-level cyber crime, hacking and cyber security. Since 2003, he has built an international reputation defending the world’s most wanted hackers.

Bukh reasoned that the best computer experts to provide cyber security were the very individuals who had previously made a grand living from thwarting the best cyber security the globe could offer.

Bukh drafted a team, hand-picking the superstars, for a new and innovative approach to providing world-class cyber security to international businesses and government agencies.

Igor Klopov

Using the latest copy of the Forbes 400 list, Klopov ran his operation from his Moscow home where he would mine the Internet for information about potential clients including Texas billionaire Charles J. Wyly, Jr., a friend of former President George W. Bush.

Klopov found many of his victims in Texas and California where property and deed information is readily available online. The year-long investigation leading to Klopov’s capture was begun in 2006 when an undercover investigator assumed the identity of a Klopov accomplice.

Klopov was charged with Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Money Laundering in the First Degree, Attempted Money Laundering in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Money Laundering in the Second Degree, Attempted Money Laundering the in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices. Money Laundering in the First Degree and Grand Larceny in the First Degree are both a class B felonies which are punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Klopov’s story was made into a case study presented to National White Collar Crimes Summit by Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Glickman.

Vlad Horohorin

Horohorin was arrested in Nice, France in 2010 by a joint task force made up of agents from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service.

To American law enforcement agencies, Horohorin was the leader of CarderPlanet, a credit card theft ring. To the U.S. Department of Justice, he was known as “BadB,” a then 27-year old multi-million ring leader.

Horohorin appeared to do pretty well for himself in Russia. One picture shows him standing beside a $150K Tesla Roadster in Moscow’s Red Square with the St. Basilica Cathedral in the background.

He should have done well.  The U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director for Investigations says that Horohorin ran one of the most sophisticated rings and has been linked to virtually every major cyber break-in known by the international law enforcement community.

Dmitry Smilyanets

Seldom are cyber hackers caught my intelligent sleuthing by law enforcement agencies. Normally, a hacker’s own quirks and habits are what trips them up.

The propensity of Smilyanets to travel handed law enforcement the opportunity to collar him in the Netherlands in 2013.

Smilyanets, a suspected moneyman of the operation, was charged with selling loads of stolen credit cards. Before Smilyanets landed on law enforcement’s radar, he was best known as the founder of “Moscow 5,” an electronic gaming team which traveled the world to participate in high-stakes competitions.

When asked how Smilyanets came to be captured, an agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity would only say, “We got lucky.”

Smilyanets is currently incarcerated in a detention center in New Jersey. All charges are merely accusations.

Oleg Nikolaenko

Nikolaenko, earned the moniker “King of Spam” for creating a zombie network of over 500,000 infected computers. Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave Nikolaenko that nick-name when they determined that he was responsible for generating up to 10 billion spam emails a day — which accounted for about 32 percent of all spam at one point.

Promoting counterfeit Rolex watches, fake herbal supplements and phony prescription drugs, Nikolaenko was only caught when an accomplice in Missouri was captured and agreed to cooperate with investigators.

When Nikolaenko arrived in Las Vegas to attend the 2010 SEMA Show, he was apprehended at the Bellagio Hotel. He was carrying two passports and $4,000 in cash.

Facing up to five years in prison, Nikolaenko was sentenced to time served, plus three years probation.

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