Russian Spies Indicted for Hacking
Russian Spies have been indicted for hacking yahoo information, according to CNN. The Department of Justice said that four people, including two officers from the Russian Federal Security Service have been indicted. The other two are criminal hackers hired by the Russians. Together they are responsible for the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, according to The Washington Post. This is the first US criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials. The four face a variety of charges including hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage.
Yahoo Suffers From Two Hacking Attacks
Last fall Yahoo reported the 2014 attack. During that time it was considered the largest data breach in history. Yahoo later announced another hacking, affecting more than one billion user accounts in 2013. Officials have not determined if the two hackings are linked. The hackings caused issues in the sale of Yahoo to Verizon. Eventually Verizon negotiated the price down due to the breaches.
FBI agents have long believed that Russians have used cyber mercenaries to do their dirty work. However, this is the first case which offers evidence to show this to be true.
Luke Dembosky, a former deputy assistant attorney general for national security said, “They have the effect of galvanizing other countries that are watching what’s happening. They show that we have the resources and capabilities to identify the people at the keyboard, even in the most sophisticated cases.”