Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Russian agents facing charges in Yahoo hacking attacks

Russian agents facing charges in Yahoo hacking attacks

Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, both officers in Russia's FSB, "protected, directed, facilitated and paid criminal hackers" to collect information through breaches in the United States and elsewhere.

The indictments, announced at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday, represent the first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian officials for cyber offences. Or officials, as it were.

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.

The hack targeted the email accounts of Russian and USA officials, Russian journalists, and employees of financial services and other businesses, officials said.

They hired Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov, described as "criminal hackers", to carry out the attacks.

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The announced indictments are unrelated to separate charges of Russian interference with the Democratic National Committee and 2016 presidential election, which are still under investigation. It says they stole information on more than 500 million Yahoo user accounts in a massive hacking attack in 2014.

"The FSB used hackers to gain information, some of which had intelligence value, but in doing so the criminal hackers used this opportunity to line their own pockets for financial gain", said Mary McCord, acting assistant attorney general, during a Washington, D.C., news conference.

"We have said repeatedly that there can be no discussion of any official involvement of any Russian office, including the FSB, being involved in any unlawful cyber activities", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Because no spy story is complete without a twist, one of the accused, Dokuchaev, was arrested in Russian Federation in December on treason charges after being accused of passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Late that year, senior executives and some legal staff were told that "a state-sponsored actor had accessed certain user accounts" by exploiting an account management tool, Yahoo said in a recent regulatory filing. However, Baratov, who has Canadian citizenship, has been arrested on Tuesday in Canada. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation. "The US will vigorously investigate and prosecute the people behind such attacks to the fullest extent of the law".

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