US Charges Russians in 2014 Attack on Yahoo
The United States has announced charges against four people suspected of stealing information from at least 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014.
The four are accused of targeting the email accounts of Russian and U.S. government officials, reporters, financial services employees and military personnel, officials said.
Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord announced the indictments on Wednesday. She said the defendants are two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two computer experts who helped them in the attack.
The FSB officers, identified as Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, "protected, directed, facilitated and paid criminal hackers to collect information from computer intrusions in the United States and elsewhere," she said.
One of the hackers, Alexsey Belan, is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's list of most-wanted cyber criminals. The other, Karim Baratov, was arrested Tuesday in Canada, McCord said.
A grand jury in California indicted the four men for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.
In the past, the U.S. Justice Department has charged Russian hackers with cybercrime. It has also taken legal action against hackers supported by China and Iran. However, this is the first criminal case brought against Russian government officials.
McCord said the FSB officers' role in the hacking made this crime "much more egregious." She added, "There are no free passes for foreign state-sponsored criminal behavior."
The indictments come as U.S. officials are still investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Yahoo did not report its 2014 hack until last September. At that time, the Internet service told at least 500 million users that their email addresses, birth dates, and other personal information may have been stolen.
Three months later, Yahoo said it found another attack in 2013 affecting about 1 billion accounts.
In a statement, Chris Madsen, Yahoo's assistant general counsel told the Associated Press, "We're committed to keeping our users and our platforms secure and will continue to engage with law enforcement to combat cybercrime."
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1.It has also taken legal action against hackers supported by China and Iran.
take action 采取措施
We had to take action to protect the proprietary technology.
We must take action to deal with the problem before it spreads to other areas.
2.At that time, the Internet service told at least 500 million users that their email addresses, birth dates, and other personal information may have been stolen.
At that time 当时；那时
I cannot describe the feeling of contentment that was with me at that time.
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周三，司法部助理部长玛丽·麦科德（Mary McCord）宣读了起诉书 。她说，被告是俄罗斯联邦安全局的两名官员及协助其入侵的两位电脑专家 。
麦科德表示，两名俄罗斯联邦安全局官员分别是德米特里·多库恰耶夫（Dmitry Dokuchaev）和伊戈尔·萨许钦（Igor Sushchin），他们负责“保护、指挥、协助以及雇佣犯罪黑客，通过入侵美国及其它地区的电脑收集情报 。”
麦科德称，黑客亚历克斯·贝兰（Alexsey Belan）被美国联邦调查局列为头号通缉网络罪犯之一 。另一名黑客克瑞·巴拉托夫（Karim Baratov）于周二在加拿大被捕 。
过去，美国司法部曾以网络犯罪的罪名起诉过俄罗斯黑客，还对据传由中国、伊朗支持的黑客采取过法律手段 。然而，此次事件是针对俄罗斯政府官员的首起刑事案件 。
麦科德表示，俄罗斯联邦安全局在入侵事件中扮演的角色使犯罪性质“更为恶劣 。”她补充说，“外国支持的犯罪行为是绝对不允许的 。”
去年9月雅虎才公布称公司2014年曾遭受非法入侵 。当时，雅虎方面称至少5亿名用户的电子邮件、出生日期及其它个人信息泄露 。
雅虎公司总顾问助理克里斯·马德森（Chris Madsen）在声明中对美联社表示：“我们致力于保护用户及平台的安全并将继续与执法机构合作打击网络犯罪 。”