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Russian Federation denies role in alleged cyber attacks in US

Russian Federation denies role in alleged cyber attacks in US

Yahoo declined to comment on the report. They are Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin.

It lists a diverse group of hacking victims in the USA including the White House and its military and diplomatic corps.

"We are certainly seeing more and more use by nation states of criminal hackers", said Mary B. McCord, acting assistant attorney general for national security.

Two FSB officers were accused of conspiring with two alleged criminal hackers in a Department of Justice indictment announced on Wednesday.

The U.S. also reveals how Russian Federation has used criminal operations to hide government spy activities, sheltering those criminals from prosecution while using the threat of charges as a recruiting tool for the country's best criminal talent.

Belan has been charged twice before in connection with intrusions into three major tech firms, including LinkedIn, in Nevada and California in 2012 and 2013.

The hack at the heart of the indictment occurred in late 2014 but was not made public until last September.

Yahoo on Tuesday thanked law enforcement agencies for their work. State actors may be using common criminals to access the data they want, but the indictment shows that our companies do not have to stand alone against this threat.

The case further blurs the lines between the Russian government and cybercriminals.

Baratov is in custody in Canada, according to the Toronto police, while Dokuchaev remains in Russian Federation.

Recent events at the FSB only add to mysteries.

Another, Alexsey Belan, is on the list of the FBI's most wanted cyber criminals and has been indicted multiple times in the U.S. It's not clear whether he or the other two defendants, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, will ever step foot in an American courtroom since there's no extradition treaty with Russian Federation. "We believe that this is one of the priorities in our time", he said.

Two Russian intelligence agents have been charged by the USA for orchestrating the 2104 Yahoo hack that led to 500 million user accounts being compromised.

While the FSB officers allegedly used their Yahoo access mostly for intelligence purposes, like targeting foreign governments, journalists, and employees of financial, transportation, and cybersecurity firms, they also were said to have allowed their co-conspirators to use the data in cybercriminal scams including spamming, US officials said. Belan and Baratov were paid hackers directed by the FSB to break into the accounts, prosecutors said. The accounts were for targets that included an assistant to the deputy chairman of the Russian Federation, an officer in the Russian Foreign Ministry and a counterpart in the Interior Ministry's Department K (cybercrimes bureau), the indictment says.

Charges include conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, conspiracy to engage in economic espionage, and theft of trade secrets.

But Russia remains aggressive in the online world, and the particular complaint of the United States is that the authorities often work with organized crime.

"Literally everybody I talked to was like, 'Well, I guess it caught up with him, ' or 'That makes sense, I guess we knew where he got all the money for his cars, '" he said. "Their job was to locate and arrest Karim Baratov", Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash told Global News.

His career as a successful cyberthief was almost derailed in 2013 when he was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States authorities. Yahoo worked with the FBI on the investigation for two years, he said.

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.

That breach affected at least 500 million users whose email addresses, birth dates, answers to security questions, and other personal information may have been stolen.

Much of Washington has become consumed by a Cold War-like fear of Russia's tactical moves, focusing on whether Moscow may have compromised people close to Trump.

The Democratic National Convention's emails were breached past year by Russian hackers, allowing them to gain access to messages and chats, including opposition research on President Donald Trump. Just last week, a cache of stolen Central Intelligence Agency documents leaked by activist group WikiLeaks revealed espionage tactics that USA agents may have used to hack into numerous Silicon Valley consumer products, including the iPhone and Google's Android software.


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