Ukraine police say they've rearrested cybercrime ringleader
February 26 at 10:38 AM
LONDON â" Ukrainian police say they have rearrested the ringleader of a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses worldwide. It comes 15 months after his embarrassing escape put the spotlight on corruption in the Eastern European country.
Ukraineâs Interior Ministry says the cybercrime boss was detained Sunday in Kiev. The ministry doesnât identify the man, but Cyberpolice spokeswoman Yulia Kvitko says he is Gennadiy Kapkanov, whose âAvalancheâ group was once described by a group of researchers as the worldâs most prolific phishing gang.
Kapkanov had previously been arrested in a dramatic police raid in Poltava on Nov. 30, 2016, but he was released almost immediately amid allegations of official corruption, and absconded.
A representative for Kapkanov couldnât immediately be located Monday.
This story has been corrected to show that the manâs name is Gennadiy, not Evgeny.
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