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for those killed and injured when a car ploughed into people in a holiday parade. police are to charge a suspect with five counts of intentional homicide. they don't believe the incident was related to terrorism. as austria reintroduces a nationwide lockdown, european ministers prepare to meet in brussels to discuss a co—ordinated response to the latest covid crisis. the continent has seen the number of cases spiral in recent weeks, and have introduced more restrictions, sparking protests in several countries. britain's version of the grammy awards — the brits — will scrap the categories of best male and best female for next year's ceremony. the male and female awards for best artists will be combined into a single prize. artists had previously called for the change. hundreds of people have
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turned out to pay tribute to the late sir david amess, whose funeral service was held in southend. sir david, who was 69 and the mp for southend west, was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery last month. there was a private family service, after which the funeral procession made its way through the streets of southend, as daniela relph reports. he died working for the people he served. today, they came to say goodbye. sir david amess�*s coffin was borne by southend firefighters. the streets were filled with his constituents. and local sea scouts lined the path into church. as the place he'd served for almost a0 years said farewell. my son's actually in the 3rd chalkwell bay sea scouts. he's one of the sea scouts outside? that have come to represent. so, yeah, it'sjust a really sad day. it's touched a lot of people, whether they're into
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the same politics or not. took my grandson out of school today, this afternoon, - so that he could also come and pay respects as well. i everything felt local. the sound of the church service was broadcast on bbc radio essex. and friend and former conservative mp ann widdecombe spoke on behalf of sir david's wife and children. as a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. nobody should die in that way. please let some good come from this tragedy. his finaljourney through southend took him past his constituency office and the civic centre. the funeral mass will be in the grandeur of westminster cathedral tomorrow. but, as it so often did for sir david amess, essex came first. daniela relph, bbc news, southend. now on bbc news,
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the russian hackers wanted by the west — the bbc�*s cyber reporterjoe tidy travels to russia to track down alleged hackers. around the world, cyber citadels are crumbling. ukraine, romania, poland, kuwait, south korea, hackers are being rounded up. online, too, western intelligence services are hacking back, taking criminals off—line, and even retrieving some of the stolen riches. but there's one place where hackers are not being arrested. cash rich, fast cars, behaving and acting like very flamboyant and extravagant millionaires. i'm on the trail of the most wanted suspected hackers in the world.
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the us alleged the gang are hacking money from private bank accounts and launching ransomware attacks which have cost more than $100 million. hello, i'm looking for maksim. i am from the bbc. more russians have been sanctioned and indicted for hacking than any other country. 27 russians appear on the us cyber most wanted list. if they leave the country, they will probably be arrested. but here in russia, they are safe. most of these men are said to have links to or work directly for the intelligence services. but there are some who are accused of being flat
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out cyber criminals. and instead of hiding here, they are leading large extravagant lifestyles. we are here to try and find them and talk to them. and we want to know whether this increasing western tactic of naming and shaming hackers is having an impact. good morning. thank you all for being here. we are here today to identify and announce charges against a russian national whom the department ofjustice alleges is responsible for two of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade. yakubets is a true 21st—century criminal who committed cyber crimes across the globe with a stroke of a key. he has earned his place on the fbi's list of the most wanted cybercriminals. with a $5 million bounty for his arrest, maksim yakubets is the most wanted alleged hacker in the world. us authorities say his hacker gang have stolen or extorted more than $100 million
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from victims around the world, companies, charities, even schools have been attacked. bbc russia's cyber reporter has been working with me for months to try to trace these alleged hackers. what have you learned about yakubets? we have two addresses, we know where he officially worked for some time, his mother's company. he has very good cars. no registered businesses. he doesn't have any registered businesses? yeah. right, 0k. i wanted to show you something ifound.
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this is his wedding video. so this is the wedding venue. they got married at a golf course. yeah, i see. so this was here. so all of that on the grass. the golf course where the wedding took place is about two hours outside of moscow. staff were happy to show us around, but did not want to go into specifics about yakubets�* big day. wow, impressive. so this is where the newlyweds sit, have some champagne. yeah.
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this wedding is probably the most famous wedding in the history of cyber security. people have pored over that video since it was posted online, and it feels strange being here, where it actually took place. a lot of people, including newspapers, said the wedding cost about $250,000. but i have just discovered it could have cost at least half a million, and that is just to have it here. we don't know how the wedding was paid for, but if the money did come from yakubets, it gives us an insight into how some of his alleged stolen
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riches are being spent. with e—mails and phone calls unanswered, it was time to try the moscow addresses he is registered to. 0h, here it is. buzzer rings. here we go. hello, is maksim yakubets there? as soon as i said "maksim yakubets," he hung up. hello, i am looking for maksim yakubets. i'm from the bbc.
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maksim's father told us that the $5 million us reward for his son's arrest has led them to live in fear from criminals looking to cash in. how do you think your son has become so rich? how did he afford a $600,000 wedding? no, it is too much. 0k. so you're telling me that your son is not a criminal, and he is not rich?
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what is his line of work? phone rings. is that maksim? no, mama. you seem very upset by the accusations of the uk and the us. we asked if we could speak to maksim, but his father claims he has no contact with him.
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how was that? wow. maksim yakubets and his accomplice have spent the last decade infecting computers worldwide... the us and the uk claim to have strong enough evidence to convict ya kubets. it includes direct testimony from former gang members, forensic data, and even communications from yakubets�* personal e—mail and skype account. their cases date back so far, it includes evidence obtained by the russian police in 2010 when there are still open to helping the us investigate. the 2019 investigation named other men also associated with evil corp. the sanctions mean they
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are banned from doing are banned from doing business with western firms and have any company assets frozen. the us has sanctioned dozens of russians, nearly all of whom are accused of working directly for the kremlin. and it is notjust the us. last year, the european union started to issue its first cyber sanctions. once again, it is mostly russians. the kremlin calls the allegations a diabolical cocktail and rich fantasy. for everyday russians, the sanctions are so regular now that they are largely ignored. but for cyber security professionals in russia, they provoke anger. alexandra is a professional ethical hacker, or white hat. when she is not at her computer, hersecond love is motorbikes.
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like many hackers i have met, alexandra says she first got into it by playing games. everybody. they are all coming? now is our time to attack. how do you feel about the stereotype of the russian hacker?
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the highly—anticipated summit between us presidentjoe biden and his russian counterpart vladimir putin is getting under way in geneva. cyber crime is a major talking point at biden and putin's geneva summit. present biden brought up the recent ransomware attack on an oil pipeline that caused fuel shortages in the us. responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory. the talks have yet to bear significant fruit. i spoke to an investigative reporterfor an independent russian news site.
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he was recruited. how did you know that? we know that from the documents of the us government. maksim yakubets and both of those guys from evil corp hacking group were announced like enemies of the state. one of my sources, an ex fsb officer, told me that he personally tried to enlist yakubets. it's actually usual practice in russia. it's easier for the fsb to enlist hackers in russia than to put them in jail. the lifestyle of yakubets�* alleged right hand man is another sign that russia is unwilling to act on us accusations. igor is a close associate of yakubets, and serves as the system administrator. we found businesses run by him in a prestigious building in moscow's financial district.
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so this is where three businesses are registered. the building receptionist said there are no active phone lines but found a mobile number for igor turashev�*s company. after a long wait, somebody picked up. hello, i am looking to find igor turashev. that was interesting, that was actually somebody who works with turashev. yeah. i find it amazing that he is here. this is where lots of legitimate businesses are. they have offices here, but they have very good cars, good life in moscow.
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we travel 700 kilometres east, to turashev�*s childhood town, to track him down. local reporter dmitry covered the story when turashev was accused of being a major international cybercriminal.
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despite being a seemingly legitimate businessmen, then, turashev was proving elusive. we deliberately did not try to contact people facing sanctions who are thought to work for the russian intelligence services. all nations hack each other, but some allegations against russian state hackers are extreme, from electricity blackouts to attacks causing billions of dollars of damage globally. the russian government has denied all accusations, routinely laughing them off as western hysteria and russophobia. for the generals, being sanctioned is like a reward. a badge of honour? yes, a badge of honour. even if they have been caught? well, caught in what? for them, it is intelligence gathering against the enemy of the russian state.
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and it's notjust individuals who are being accused of hacking for the russian state. entire institutions and even private companies have been sanctioned, too. denis is the new ceo of positive technologies. he said he was just as shocked as the rest of the cybersecurity world when president biden accused his well—respected company of hacking for russia in april. the sanctions forced him to postpone a long—awaited ipo. it has also cut the company off from access to many western partnerships and technology. is this a punchbag? yes. did you come and punch this on the day of the sanctions? no, i didn't, because it is not my way of working out stress. the wording of the accusation is that positive technologies has worked to support the russian intelligence
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services�* efforts to carry out malicious cyber attacks against the us. is that something you have done? by double purposes, do you mean you do not allow your products to be used in offensive ways? the biden administration has also criticised the company's annual hacking conference, where hackers are invited to attack a mock city. the us claims that the event is being used as a recruitment tool for the russian intelligence services. is that an atm? yes, we take this atm, put it in the conference
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and ask the community, there is some money inside it, so come and get it. and do some of them manage to get the money? yes, every year. a lot of people came along to your hack days, and the accusation is that they were here to recruit hackers for the military. is that true? will they be invited again next year or will you start to vet people who come? alexandra has competed herself
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in many positive hack days. she says they are a normal and enjoyable conference. positive technologies is not the first russian cybersecurity company to be accused of getting too close to the kremlin, and whilst we were in moscow, a breaking news event showed what can happen if a russian cybersecurity firm gets on the wrong side the kremlin. the founder of group—ib was arrested for treason. he faces up to 20 years in prison. we are going to go there now and see what we can find out. police raided the offices of group—ib overnight. 0fficers even broke into one room to apparently access company servers. looks like a complete mirror image of what has happened to positive technologies. they are being accused by the west of working
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for the russian government in hacking, and now it seems like group—ib are being accused by the russian government of working for the west. it is very hard to be a cyber security company in this country. group—ib says it's innocent and there are few details about what ilya sachkov is accused of. many have spoken to a speech the outspoken founder made which publicly criticised russian authorities for not arresting alleged cyber criminals like yakubets. before i left russia, we tried one last address, an apartment in a luxury part of town. buzzer rings.
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a neighbour recognised a picture of turashev, but he was not interested in talking, if he was there. i think we have got as close to these people as we can. they know we are here, but they do not want to talk to us. it has been a strange process, almost uncomfortable and intrusive. we have been going to their houses, their businesses, but i have to remind myself that this is what they have been doing, allegedly, for years, they have been breaking into the private networks and computers of companies and individuals, and that is how they have allegedly made their fortunes.
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hello. after all monday's sunshine, tuesday will be cloudier, the sunniest spells across southernmost parts of the uk. despite all the cloud, there'll be a lot of dry weather around, though you may encounter a little light rain or drizzle. it is high pressure, which is why it is mainly dry — it is bringing in the cloudier moist weather from the atlantic with some air which is a little less chilly than it's been — but i'm not sure we'll notice much difference between monday and tuesday because we're exchanging sunshine for so much more cloud — cloud will have prevented much frost in scotland and northern ireland overnight. england and wales start with the lower temperatures and greater chance of frost, but also early sunny spells. a rather cloudy day, though, in scotland and northern ireland, some patchy rain and drizzle north and west scotland, into northern ireland. and northwest england
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and north wales could see some of that, as well — and see the cloud just increasing further through wales and england. just east anglia across southern england, to parts of south wales having some sunny spells on through the afternoon with temperatures which are close to average for the time of year. the odd shower near the north sea coast and the far southeast of england into the channel islands, a few of those could continue into tuesday night. with a lot of cloud around, so bear the only frost, and a band of rain working into scotland and northern ireland as we start off on wednesday morning. now, some fog patches for tuesday morning, as there could be for wednesday morning, as well — and particularly through parts of wales and england, they mayjust end with a grey and rather misty, murky day, an already cold—feeling day. ahead of this weather front, which takes rain towards northwest england and wales, and out of scotland and northern ireland with sunshine following, but blustery showers, wintry on hills. it is a colder—feeling day for wednesday. and then, for thursday, the colder air has come back — but it's a brighter day again with sunny spells, though cloud steadily increasing in scotland
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and northern ireland. wintry showers in northern scotland, a few coastal showers elsewhere in both the east and west of the uk, but most dry with some sunshine. and then, this at the end of the week that will take us into the weekend, as well, an area of low pressure moves across us — so wet weather pressing south, heavy showers following on behind, and stronger winds with gales in places, as well. it will feel much colder, with significant wind chill around. and some of these showers may be wintry, not necessarilyjust on hills.
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