A detailed investigation by WIRED has exposed the operations of Trickbot, one of the most notorious cybercrime syndicates globally. Central to this investigation is the identification of Maksim Sergeevich Galochkin, a pivotal figure within Trickbot, known by his online aliases “Bentley” and “Manuel”. This discovery was a result of a comprehensive analysis of a massive leak of internal data from the ransomware group, which highlighted connections between Russian cybercrime gangs and the Russian government.
- Maksim Sergeevich Galochkin, known within Trickbot by aliases “Bentley” and “Manuel”, has been identified as a core member of the Russian cybercrime group.
- The information came to light following a leak by an entity named “Trickleaks”, who posted vast amounts of internal Trickbot communication and data online, revealing key information about the group’s members and operations.
- This data leak is among the largest-ever from a cybercrime group, overshadowed only by the global attention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other significant cyber leaks.
- Galochkin, earlier known as Maksim Sergeevich Sipkin, was tied to his Trickbot identity through meticulous cross-referencing of digital footprints, such as email and chat usernames.
- Beyond its cybercrimes, Trickbot has significant geopolitical implications. For instance, ahead of the 2020 US elections, US Cyber Command and Microsoft took actions against Trickbot to protect the electoral process.