Russian Federation runs up cyber score against USA with Yahoo, election hacks

Russian security officers being charged in Yahoo security breach: report

With 47 counts of criminal charges laid against the spies and the hackers, perhaps the USA government can finally get some answers to some important questions.

In the Yahoo case unsealed Wednesday, the Department of Justice alleged that two Russian intelligence agents hired a pair of hackers to engineer a heist that affected at least a half billion user accounts.

McCord said the hackers targeted the accounts of government officials from both Russian Federation and the United States, as well as journalists, financial services employees and military personnel. They likened the move to indictments filed in 2014 against five Chinese military officers who were accused of hacking and stealing information from USA companies to help the Chinese government and businesses.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer said the Mounties assisted the FBI in its investigation, and Pugash said Toronto officers effected the arrest because its fugitive squad has a strong reputation. "Russian Federation has always expressed interest... in cooperation in the field of countering cybercrime and ensuring cybersecurity, we believe that this is one of the priorities in our time", the presidential spokesman said. Haley has been tougher on Russia than Trump, who has expressed hope for better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One of the alleged hackers is in Canada and is expected to be arrested soon, according to the report, which cited an anonymous person described as having been briefed on the matter.

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Two of those individuals - working for the Russian Federal Security Service.

Indictment links Russia's FSB to massive hacking operation that compromised 500 million accounts.
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Russian news accounts stressed that one of the FSB agents, Dmitry Dokuchaev, was arrested by Russian authorities in December and charged with treason. The FSB did not respond to a request for comment.

This database was later used for credential forging and cookie minting, which allowed the suspects to access the contents of almost 6,500 accounts without even having to provide usernames and passwords. Yahoo later revealed that it had uncovered a separate hack in 2013 affecting about 1 billion accounts, including some that were also hit in 2014.

The indictment accuses Sushchin and Dokuchaev of disregarding an Interpol Red Notice for the detention of Belan, who was placed on the FBI's list of most wanted cyber criminals in 2013.

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"It is very important for corporations around the country to know that when you are going against the resources and backing of a nation state, it is not a fair fight, and it is not a fight you are likely to win alone", McCord said.

In other instances, according to the indictment, the hackers "sought access to accounts of employees of commercial entities, including executives and other managers of a prominent Russian investment banking firm...; a French transportation company; US financial services and private equity firms; a Swiss bitcoin wallet and banking firm; and a USA airline". Sushchin allegedly had a cover job as head of information security at a Russian bank, where he monitored the communications of employees for the FSB, according to the indictment.

A U.S. District Court endictment for four people accused of hacking Yahoo is seen against Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted posters. "We are deeply grateful to the FBI for investigating these crimes and the DOJ for bringing charges against those responsible", said Chris Madsen, assistant general counsel and head of Global Law Enforcement, Security & Safety at Yahoo.

A grand jury seated in northern California, near the Sunnyvale headquarters of Yahoo, handed down 47 counts against all those indicted, ranging from aggravated identity theft and unauthorized access to protected computers to economic espionage, wire fraud and theft of trade secrets.

That allowed them to see things like recovery email accounts, indicating specific companies and institutions of interest to the FSB, which helped them zero in on which of the stolen accounts might be of most use. The FSB also targeted Russian journalists, dissidents and government officials, allegedly seeking information for intelligence purposes.

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