Busted: FBI names and indicts FSB Yahoo hackers

prototype-yahoo-hacker-1000A US federal grand jury in California indicted two Russian FSB officers and two paid hackers who allegedly stole information from 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014.

The Russian agency appears to have targeted “Russian journalists and politicians critical of the Russian government; Russian citizens and government officials; … US government officials, including cyber security, diplomatic, military, and White House personnel”.

Other targets included businesses – a Russian bank, a French company, US financial firms, a Swiss bitcoin bank, and a US airline.

The two FSB agents allegedly paid US$100 per Yahoo account to a Canadian and a Kazakh hacker. The hacker duo went on allegedly to steal financial and gift card information from the Yahoo accounts for personal profit.

Read more: Department of Justice / NPR

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