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Russian spies to be charged over data breach at Yahoo

Belan made the FBI's Cyber Most Wanted criminals list in November 2013.

One of the defendants, Karim Baratov, has been taken into custody in Canada.

"As our indictment alleges, and as we have reason to believe based on our evidence, they were acting in their capacities of FSB officials", McCord said when asked if officers Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin acted individually or on behalf of the FSB.

A grand jury in California indicted the four men for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

Last year, Yahoo revealed it was the victim of at least two hacking incidents from an "unauthorized third party".

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted Wednesday morning thanking the F.B.I. and Department of Justice for bringing justice to the hackers.

The 2014 hack was considered the largest data breach in history. A Dmitry Dokuchaev - presumably the same man now charged in the United States - was arrested in Russian Federation last December on charges of treason for allegedly passing information to United States intelligence. The indictment identifies Dokuchaev and Sushchin as officers of the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB.

Three months later, Yahoo said it found another attack in 2013 affecting about 1 billion accounts.

The hackers specifically targeted the Yahoo accounts of Russian and USA government officials, including those involved with cybersecurity, Russian journalists and financial services companies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. United States authorities have accused the Russian, Iranian and Chinese governments of other cybercrimes, but Wednesday's indictment is the first time a criminal case has been brought against Russian officials.

According to the department, the four are alleged to have hacked into Yahoo's systems and stolen information from more than 500 million user accounts.

The stolen data included names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords, said Yahoo.

The charges are unrelated to the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee and FBI's ongoing investigation into potential Russian interference that took place during the US presidential election.

The two largest hacks, and Yahoo's much-criticized slow response and disclosure, forced a discount of $350 million in what had been a $4.83 billion deal to sell Yahoo's main assets to Verizon.

Yahoo disclosed news of an attack in September which had been carried out at some point in late 2014, leading to the loss of 500 million user records.

"The indictment unequivocally shows the attacks on Yahoo were state-sponsored", Madsen said today.


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