Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a 27-year-old Russian, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Nevada for his role in a conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer.
Kriuchkov attempted to recruit an employee of a company located in Nevada, with the purpose of introducing malicious software into the company’s computer network, extracting data from the network, and thereafter extorting ransom money from the company under the threat of making the extracted data public.
According to the indictment, from about July 16, 2020, to about Aug. 22, 2020, Kriuchkov conspired with associates to recruit an employee to introduce malware into the computer network of the employee’s company.
The malware would purportedly provide Kriuchkov and his co-conspirators with access to the data within the computer system. After the malware was introduced, Kriuchkov and his co-conspirators would extract data from the network and then threaten to make the information public, unless the company paid their ransom demand.
Kriuchkov was arrested on Aug. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles, California and had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alexander F. MacKinnon of the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.