aside Breaking News: DOJ Case Against Russian Hackers Of Yahoo In 2014

On 3/15/17 Eric Tucker of AP published the following report,” Russian hackers charged in massive Yahoo breach.”

“The Justice Department is preparing to announce charges against four defendants, including two Russian security services officers, in a mega data breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts, according to a federal law enforcement official.”

“Two of the defendants are Russian FSB officers and the other two are criminal hackers. One of the defendants has been taken into custody in Canada, and another is on the list of the FBI’s most wanted cyber criminals.”Image result for photo of doj press conference on yahoo

“The official was briefed on the matter but was not authorized to discuss it on the record and spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity.”

“The Justice Department was expected to publicly announce the charges Wednesday 3/15/17.”

“The charges arise from a compromise of Yahoo user accounts that began at least as early as 2014. Though the Justice Department has previously charged Russian hackers with cyber-crime – as well as hackers sponsored by the Chinese and Iranian governments – this would be the first criminal case brought against Russian government officials.”

“It comes as federal authorities investigate Russian interference through hacking in the 2016 presidential election.”Image result for photo of doj press conference on yahoo

“Yahoo didn’t disclose the 2014 breach until last September when it began notifying at least 500 million users that their email addresses, birth dates, answers to security questions and other personal information may have been stolen. Three months later, Yahoo revealed it had uncovered a separate hack in 2013 affecting about 1 billion accounts, including some that were also hit in 2014.”

I am waiting for information to update this post. The DOJ spokesperson at the 3/15/17 press conference said 2 Russian spies have been criminally charged.

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UPDATE ON 3/15/17

The following is from the 3/15/17 Washington Post report by Ellen Nakashima,”Justice Department charges Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion.”

Excerpts:

“The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by the Russians.”

“The charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage, according to officials. The indictments are part of the largest hacking case brought by the United States.”

“The US does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, but officials have said that taking steps such as charges and imposing sanctions can be a deterrent. People also sometimes slip up and travel to a country that is able and willing to transfer them to the US for prosecution.”

Image result for photos of yahoo hacking press conference“In the 2014 hack, the FSB — Russia’s Federal Security Service, and a successor to the KGB — sought the information for intelligence purposes, targeting journalists, dissidents and U.S. government officials, but allowed the criminal hackers to use the email cache for the officials’ and the hackers’ financial gain, through spamming and other operations.”

“The indicted FSB officers are Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, his superior. Particularly galling to U.S. officials is that the men worked for the cyber investigative arm of the FSB — a rough equivalent of the FBI’s Cyber Division. That the agency that is supposed to investigate computer intrusions Russia is itself engaged in hacking is “pretty sad,” one official said.”Image result for photos of yahoo hacking press conference

“Dokuchaev, whose hacker alias was “Forb,” was arrested in December in Moscow, according to the news agency Interfax, on charges of state treason for passing information to the CIA. He had reportedly agreed to work for the FSB to avoid prosecution for bank card fraud.”

“Another man indicted in the case is Alexsey Belan, who is on the list of most-wanted cyber criminals and has been charged twice before, in connection with intrusions into three major tech firms in Nevada and California in 2012 and 2013. He was in custody in Greece for a time, but made his way back to Russia, where he is being protected by authorities, officials said.”Image result for photos of yahoo hacking press conference

“The other hacker-for-hire is Karim Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but has Canadian citizenship. He was arrested in Canada on Tuesday.”

“The indictments grew out of a nearly two-year investigation by the San Francisco FBI with the aid of international law enforcement, officials said. Sanctions and criminal charges are two tools that the Obama administration began using to punish and deter nation state hackers.”

“They have the effect of galvanizing other countries that are watching what’s happening,” said Luke Dembosky, a former deputy assistant attorney general for national security. “They show that we have the resources and capabilities to identify the people at the keyboard, even in the most sophisticated cases.”

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6 comments

  1. Very interesting, perhaps the DOJ can tie it in with elections tampering. Now I see why Trump wants to replace ALL the US Attorneys the other day! I’m sure the coverup is already in process and nothing will happen.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      What this does for sure, is drive home the point that Russia is not our friend and neither is China or Iran.We may have to deal with these folks when mutual interests align, but we have to do this without blinders.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • To be fair, hacking is not a one way street. All gov’ts hack each other employing the most talented sophisticated technical hackers. The NSA, CIA, routinely interfere in other countries’ elections, and hacked Russian, Chinese, Iranian servers, spy on their diplomats and gov’t officials, as well as the occasional assassination when regime change is called for.
        Like Trump said, “We’ve got a lot of killers too. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?”

        US actually need enemies to fuel the military industrial complex, war has been very profitable, so no politician would want to kill that cash cow. There’s a reason Trump wants $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending.

        • Dear 1EarthUnited,

          All countries are populated with humans and as a result, there will be things that are done that in reflection, the peoples are not proud of in its history. This includes the USA. And there is room for lots of improvement.

          But conceding this point, I have to respectfully disagree. There is a difference. For example, I am able to freely disagree with my president without worrying that I will end up in jail. I can protest peacefully without concern of being shot down with many others.Although our press is far from perfect, it is free to be critical of power and there is little those in power can do except rant and rave against it.There are checks v absolute power like the courts. DT could not just kill off his political opponents, literally.

          Russia did not just collect data for security purposes by hacking, it gave license to the hackers to steal from U.S. citizens.

          Ciao, Gronda

        • An astute observation Gronda, yes human nature being what it is, greed, power hungry desire is certainly part of the political equation. Of course President Putin is no angel, eliminating political enemies is par for the course. The Clintons know that all too well. In the nineties, conspiracy theories abound regarding Bill knocking of reporters/ critics/ whistleblowers who threaten his reign.

          Now even mainstream media cannot deny this to be true, and openly report the ongoing deadpool of Clinton Associates mysteriously, suspiciously ending up dead.

          CBS News: The List of Clinton Associates Who’ve Died Mysteriously. 46 and counting…
          http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2016/08/10/the-list-of-clinton-associates-whove-died-mysteriously-check-it-out/

          Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-seth-rich_us_57b1ddede4b007c36e4f5ffa

          http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-05/lead-attorney-anti-clinton-dnc-fraud-case-mysteriously-found-dead

          Google “Clinton dead opponents” reveal endless articles from mainstream sources.

          Of course there’s no definitive proof that the Clintons, nor Putin personally murdered anyone. 😉

          As far as hacking goes, WikiLeaks just released Vault 7, an expose of CIA hacking US citizens’ phones, TVs, computers, to spy on EVERYONE without a warrant. Their activities are unconstitutional, unaccountable and illegal. CIA has become a liability, a criminal organization that is antithetical to a free democracy. Russia has the FSB, secret service… is this a race to the bottom?

  2. Dear 1EarthUnited,

    I will again have to respectfully disagree with buying into the stories accusing Mr. and Mrs. Clinton of several murders. Every time these conspiracy theories pop up, there are several mainstream media outlets who step up to debunk them. This.goes back to the 1994 Falwell Clinton Chronicles that one of my friends was hooked on but I wouldn’t join her in this claptrap,

    Here is my #1 resource for debunking Clinton body bag count tales::

    Clinton Body Bags – Snopes.com
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/bodycount.asp
    Parks’ son, Gary, asserted in Circle of Power and The Clinton Chronicles (both video products of Linda Thompson’s American Justice Federation) that his father …

    As for the CIA, we do need to collect data around the world for our national security interests. After 9/11 there is greater oversight and the sharing of info among other intelligence services has been improved.

    Over the years, there have been some major CIA misses like 40,000 soviet troops moving into Afghanistan; its failures to stop the USS Cole and the 9/11 tragedies; and the nuclear programs being established in South Africa, Pakistan, India and North Korea were totally missed.

    But other than admitting that the CIA does have an imperfect record, I can’t take the stance that you do. We will have to respectfully disagree. .

    Ciao, Gronda

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