Thursday, March 16, 2017

U.S. Justice Department Has Charged Two Russian Intelligence Agents And Two Hackers With Masterminding The 2014 Theft Of 500 Million Yahoo Accounts

Reuters: U.S. authorities charge Russian spies, hackers in huge Yahoo hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers with masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts, the first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian spies for cyber offences.

The charges came amid a swirl of controversies relating to alleged Kremlin-backed hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible links between Russian figures and associates of U.S. President Donald Trump. This has given rise to uncertainty about whether Trump is willing to respond forcefully to any action by Moscow in cyberspace and elsewhere.

The 47-count Justice Department indictment included charges of conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identify theft. It painted a picture of the Russian security services working hand-in-hand with cyber criminals, who helped spies further their intelligence goals in exchange for using the same exploits to make money.

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WNU Editor: Russia is denying these claims .... Yahoo hack: Russia’s FSB not involved in cyberattacks, Kremlin says (RT). More here .... Russia denies Yahoo hack involvement (BBC).

More News On The U.S. Justice Department Charging Two Russian Intelligence Agents And Two Hackers With Masterminding The 2014 Theft Of 500 Million Yahoo Accounts

US charges two Russian spies and two hackers in Yahoo data breach -- The Guardian
Yahoo breach indictments may shed light on other hacks -- AP
Russian intelligence officers and hackers charged over massive Yahoo hack -- ABC News Online
Russian agents, FBI Most Wanted hacker charged in Yahoo breach -- Fifth Domain Cyber
Two Russian spies indicted over massive Yahoo hack -- Al Jazeera
Here’s How Russian Agents Hacked 500 Million Yahoo Users -- Bloomberg
Was it Yahoo’s Sheer Size — or Lapsed Security — That Made it a Target for Hackers? -- NBC
Who the Russian hackers targeted when they stole Yahoo emails -- Selena Larson, CNN


Anonymous said...

Not Russian hackers then? :D

Jay Farquharson said...

As these descriptions make clear, some of these targets are potentially well-connected people in Russia: a Russian Deputy Consul General, someone from Department K, the office of the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of a Russian Federation Council committee (who also happens to be a businessman). Perhaps those people were targeted for sound political reasons — perhaps counterintelligence or corruption, for example. Or perhaps FSB was just trying to gain leverage in the political games of Russia."