The US Justice Department is accusing two Russian spies of allegedly accessing millions of Yahoo user accounts through spam campaign.
The two “criminal hackers” of Russia’s FSB spy agency have been indicted over a massive cyber-attack affecting 500 million Yahoo users described as one of the largest online attacks in history, carried out in 2014.
Officials of the US Justice Department identified the agents as Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, both of whom were part of the successor agency to Russia’s KGB.
They also noted that the hack by the two suspects was launched for espionage and financial gain.
The two officers “protected, directed, facilitated and paid criminal hackers to collect information through computer intrusions in the United States and elsewhere”, acting Assistant Attorney-General Mary McCord told reporters.
They hired Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov, described as “criminal hackers”, to carry out the attacks.
“The defendants targeted Yahoo accounts of Russian and US government officials, including cyber-security, diplomatic and military personnel,” McCord said.
“They also targeted Russian journalists, numerous employees of other providers whose networks the conspirators sought to exploit, and employees of financial services and other commercial entities.”
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