US Charges 2 Russian FSB Officers, 2 Alleged Hackers Over Yahoo Attack

US charges Russian spies over Yahoo breach

The FSB officers "protected, directed, facilitated and paid criminal hackers to collect information through computer intrusions in the USA and elsewhere", the department said in a statement announcing the indictments.

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday an indictment of four men, including two Russian intelligence officers, for hacking into Yahoo and stealing data on 500 million users.

Alexsey Belan, one of the most-wanted cyber criminals in the world, and hacker-for-hire Karim Baratov were also charged, according to the Post.

Four people charged by US officials for a Yahoo data breach include two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers they enlisted.

"When nation states support this kind of activity it's not a fair fight".

Any extradition seems highly unlikely, however, as Russian Federation and the U.S.do not share a governing treaty, and it is doubtful Moscow would willfully hand over officials, or individuals accused of working on its behalf.

However, the officials said, they believe that such charges are useful for sending a message that adversaries face consequences for targeting USA companies for traditional spying or financial gain.




Besides orchestrating the breach, the indictment alleged that Yahoo accounts accessed without authorisation were used to launch a spam campaign. What do you think of Wednesday's news from the Department of Justice?

The DOJ says the two Russians being charged, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, are officers of the Russian Federal Security Service. Baratov was arrested in Canada on Tuesday.

Yahoo reported its first hack in September, in which it blamed a "state actor" for the theft of a half-billion accounts, which at the time was considered the largest single breach of data to date.

Dokuchaev was an officer in the FSB Center for Information Security, known as "Center 18", which is supposed to investigate hacking and is the FBI's point of contact in Moscow for cyber crimes.

Updated: Two members of Russia's intelligence agency and two Russian-hired hackers have been indicted in the 2014 hacking of 500 million Yahoo accounts. Yahoo has said it believed it was the victim of a "state-sponsored" attack.

McCord said that the accused also attacked the Yahoo accounts of personnel working in cyber-security, along with diplomatic and military personnel.

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