Kremlin receives no official charges against FSB over Yahoo hacker attack

  • Kremlin receives no official charges against FSB over Yahoo hacker attack

Kremlin receives no official charges against FSB over Yahoo hacker attack

USA authorities and cyber security specialists have been saying for years that the Kremlin employs criminal hackers, allowing the Russian government to advance its agenda while denying involvement.

US Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments this week against four Russian men, including two hackers and two intelligence officers, responsible for a 2014 intrusion into Yahoo's systems that affected 500 million user accounts.

Yahoo said when it announced the then-unprecedented breach last September that it believed the attack was state-sponsored, and on Wednesday the company said the indictment "unequivocally shows" that to be the case.

Yahoo revealed a bigger breach in their database.

"We have said repeatedly that there can be no discussion of any official involvement of any Russian agency, including the any unlawful cyber activities", said Peskov, who has cast US allegations against Russia as part of a political campaign to kill off a US-Russia rapprochement. Hacking was focused on Russian and USA state leaders, including security, consular, and military employees, as stated by the country's Department Of Justice, per a report posted by BBC. He's the only one who lives outside of Russian Federation, which doesn't have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

The hack of Yahoo had dual motives, the US officials said: One was to gather information on Russian journalists and USA and Russian officials, as well as employees of other computer networks to exploit, as part of more traditional spying efforts.

When they weren't spying, the hackers also tried to make money on the side with petty scams. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

Malcolm Palmore of the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Ars Technica that spear-phishing "was the likely avenue of infiltration" that led to the gang stealing the credentials of an "unsuspecting employee", allowing them access to Yahoo's internal networks. By the end of the year, according to the indictment, they had made two valuable finds. It contained a lot of information that could be used to reset passwords and gain entry to Yahoo accounts, such as phone numbers, answers to security questions and recovery e-mail addresses used to reset forgotten passwords.

The presentment also indicated various patterns of the hackers using Yahoo! data as a tool to target the Gmail records of several people.

Yahoo in December announced another breach that occurred in 2013 affecting one billion accounts. Yahoo merely notified 26 users that the information may have been taken and also consulted with law enforcement.

The US Justice Department has essentially accused the FSB of being behind the Yahoo hack which essentially implies that the Russian Government, and Vladimir Putin would have been involved in some capacity. Companies like Yahoo typically use bits of data called cookies to let you stay signed into an account via a web browser. 1 Billion User accounts were hacked separately.

What these actions of the United States and Russian intelligence services confirms is that it is the nationals of every country that are the targets of cyberintrusions of a systemic kind. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, but McCord said she was hopeful Russian authorities would The United States often concerns cyber criminals with the goal of delaying future state-sponsored activity.