One is a 33-year-old Russian national who allegedly usually sports a shaved head and enjoys boating in the Black Sea. The other is a 29-year-old from Latvia alleged to have as many as 10 online aliases and to sometimes dye his brown hair red or blond.
The two men are notorious hackers on the FBI’s most-wanted list who were singled out this week by the U.S. Treasury Department.
A senior administration official said both men are “notorious cybercriminals who have been responsible for … havoc in the international financial system, including against American companies.”
Evgeniy Bogachev and Aleksey Belan are not being connected to alleged Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. election processes, although sanctions against them were announced at the same time as sanctions against Russian individuals and entities allegedly involved in efforts to interfere with U.S. election-related institutions.