“Russia is a safe haven for cybercriminals and provides an environment where malware actors freely conduct harmful cyber operations against the United States, its partners and allies,” US State Department spokesman Matt Miller said in a written statement. made its assessment.
Miller noted that as part of the State Department’s International Organized Crime Award Programme, a reward of up to $10 million is offered to those who provide information leading to the detention or conviction of Russian citizen Mikhail Pavlovich Matveev in international organized crime.
Stating that the Ministry of Justice has filed lawsuits against Matveev in two courts in the states of Washington and New Jersey, Miller noted that the Russian hacker was also put on the sanctions list by the US Treasury Department.
“We take these actions because of Matveev’s role in incidents of cyberattacks against American law enforcement, businesses, and critical infrastructure in the United States and worldwide,” said Matt Miller. used the phrases.