The U.S. State Department and Secret Service on Wednesday announced the two $1-million rewards for help detaining Artem Viacheslavovich Radchenko and Oleksandr Vitalyevich Ieremenko, Ukrainian nationals who have been accused of stealing information from the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission in 2016.
In a statement, the Secret Service said it was the first time the agency had offered a monetary award in soliciting assistance from the global public.
“For the first time in agency history, we are able to strategically leverage resources worldwide in the pursuit of a wanted fugitive charged with the exploitation and manipulation of our financial systems,” Secret Service Director James M. Murray said in a statement.
According to the 16-count indictment unsealed in January 2019, Radchenko, 28, and Ieremenko, 29, hacked the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system and stole thousands of files.
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