Wednesday, March 15, 2017
DOJ indicts Russian spies in massive Yahoo breach
Politico by Eric Geller
In a landmark move, the Justice Department on Wednesday indicted four men, including two Russian spies, for hacking into Yahoo and stealing data on 500 million users.
The indictments mark the first time the U.S. has ever filed criminal cyber charges against Russian government officials.
Officials described a plot in which Russian intelligence agents hired, and then protected, notorious criminal hackers in order to pull off one of the largest breaches ever. Moscow allegedly used the pilfered information to build dossiers on local journalists, dissidents and U.S. officials, while the criminals leveraged it to steal identities and launch email spam schemes.
Mary McCord, the acting assistant attorney general for national security, called the actions "beyond the pale."