Russian spies are behind the Yahoo data breach, says the DOJ

Russian spies are behind the Yahoo data breach, says the DOJ

The Justice Department has concluded at least one investigation and will announce on Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies as well as two criminal hackers who will all be formally charged with one of the Yahoo hacks. Or officials, as it were.

Charges against the four accused include economic espionage, trade secret theft, wire fraud and generic hacking charges.

The hackers are accused of accessing personal accounts belonging to those including Russian journalists, Russian government officials, USA government officials, US financial services and private equity firms and a US airline, the Justice Department said.

The other defendant, Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, 29, a Russian national and resident, was already among the FBI's most wanted cyber criminals, McCord said.

The Guardian says the news comes amid "intense political controversy over Russian interference in the United States election", which included a data breach of the Democratic National Committee. He was arrested in Europe in June 2013, but escaped to Russian Federation before he could be extradited.

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Obama administration officials said previous year that the indictment of the Chinese officials and other efforts persuaded Beijing to somewhat curtail its aggressive cyber efforts to steal trade secrets of USA companies.

According to the Post, the indictments of Dmitry Dukuchaev and Igor Sushchin are "particularly galling to USA officials" because the FSB's cyber investigative arm where they were working is "a rough equivalent of the FBI's Cyber Division".

The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce the indictments later on Wednesday.

Baratov is citizen of Canada and was reportedly born in Kazakhstan. On December 14, 2016, we provided details on the forging of cookies to gain access to certain user accounts without a password and we linked some of that activity to the same state-sponsored actor.

"We're committed to keeping our users and our platforms secure and will continue to engage with law enforcement to combat cybercrime", he said in a statement. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation. The government "will vigorously investigate and prosecute the people behind such attacks to the fullest extent of the law".

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