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The US Malware Developer who Helped Russia Spy on Devices

Latvian-born hacker Alexsey Belan, a Russian citizen, has been on the FBI’s list of most wanted cybercriminals for some time. His latest misdeed was the theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts in order to spy on Russian journalists and officials from both the US government and the Kremlin itself.

The Department of Justice of the United States has officially accused him of the crime. The department suspects that he have committed the crime in collaboration with another cybercriminal and with two spies from the Russian Federal Security Service. Antichat was one of the cybercrime forums which Belan frequented. It is also one of those used by the Russian spyware company OpenGSM to recruit cybercriminals and increase their sales.

According to a Forbes investigation, OpenGSM has resold a tool to spy iPhones and Android smartphones that was developed by an American. Killer Mobile, a company headed by Joshua Alner, created a surveillance software called Tracer that has made its way to Russian shores.

A dangerous deal between Americans and Russians

A researcher who preferred to remain anonymous found an

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