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USA indicts 2 Russian officers, 2 others for Yahoo hack

January 19 2018, 05:40 | Irvin Gilbert

USA indicts 2 Russian officers, 2 others for Yahoo hack

This is the first time officials of Russia’s FSB have been indicted on cybercrime charges in the United States said Jack Bennett special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office

A lawyer for a Canadian man of Kazakh origins arrested as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo emails said Thursday that the charges against his client may be "politically motivated by the U.S".

According to computer security experts, the huge Yahoo security breach may be able to provide clues to other hacks, that might have been carried out at the instance of foreign governments.

Justice Department attorneys called this a highly complex, long-term investigation that relied heavily on cooperation between the federal government and the private sector, especially Yahoo and Google.

The charges were announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions of the US Department of Justice, Director James Comey of the FBI, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord of the National Security Division, US Attorney Brian Stretch for the Northern District of California and Executive Assistant Director Paul Abbate of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.

It comes amid a high-stakes investigation into Russian cyber-meddling in the USA election, potentially aimed at boosting the campaign of President Donald Trump. It said today that those cookies are also part of the alleged Russian security breach.

The FBI agent did not say whether the government or Yahoo discovered the 2014 breach, and he did not reveal more details about the initial attack on the unnamed Yahoo employee. "Rule Number Three (is), if we ask you to do us a favor, do it". Haley has been tougher on Russia than Trump, who has expressed hope for better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Karim Baratov, a hacker-for hire, was arrested yesterday in Canada, where he has Citizenship, although he was born in Kazakhstan.

She named two FSB officers, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, who allegedly directed and paid hackers Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov.

The FSB officers named in the indictment are Dmitry Dokuchaev and his superior, Igor Sushchin, who are both in Russian Federation.

The court documents state that Belan "provided his FSB conspirators. with the unauthorized access to Yahoo's network". Later media reports said that the group's leader, Vladimir Anikeyev, had recently been arrested by the FSB and had informed on Mikhailov, Dokuchaev and Stoyanov. The cyberspying charges, the first ever brought against Russian security operatives, are largely symbolic, officials conceded.

Dokuchaev, who worked for the cybercrime division of the security services, was detained by his own agency in December a year ago under accusations of treason. No other tech companies immediately responded to the Department of Justice's overtures. Instead, "they turned against that type of work".

USA intelligence authorities have concluded that Russian intelligence agencies were behind hacking efforts of Democratic email accounts in last year's election.

"You can try and hide in the corners of the dark web, but we will hunt you down", said Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent John Bennett at a press conference on Wednesday.

Prosecutors accused the four of conspiracy, economic espionage, wire fraud and theft of trade secrets connected to a 2014 breach of Yahoo. "But tech companies don't trust that the government - especially after what they learned from the Central Intelligence Agency documents - won't turn around and use the information they provide against their users". They were also allegedly looking for a way inside other networks, like Gmail and many other companies.

"We've come to expect that you don't really figure out who performs these attacks".

Yahoo announced the breach in September 2016, stating at the time that it was working with law enforcement authorities and believed the attack was state-sponsored.

Senator John Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement the indictments showed "the close and mutually beneficial ties between the cyber underworld and Russia's government and security services".

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