US Looking to Charge 4 People Related to Yahoo! Hacks

Xavier Trudeau
Mars 19, 2017

There is a new twist in the story.

The Russian officials are accused of using info from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts to spy on a number of entities. The money may have come, instead, from a secret life as a cyber hacker, including work for Russia's top spy agency. Yahoo notified just 26 people whose accounts were infiltrated.

United States 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.

As the Justice Department laid the cases against Russian spies, the allegations also unveiled significant supplementary details about who they supposedly scapegoated and what they are said to have taken.

Dokuchaev and Sushchin are said to be Russian intelligence agents who allegedly masterminded and directed the hacking, the U.S. Justice Department has said. Companies sometimes make that claim, in some cases to help collect on cyber-insurance payouts or for a waiver from the US government allowing them to keep the incursion secret while it's investigated on national security grounds.

They are the FSB individuals.

Paradkar also noted that Baratov is no longer a Kazakh citizen.

Text messages sent to Baratov's cell phone and a call to his home weren't answered.

In the indictment, Baratov's jet-black Mercedes Benz C54 and Aston Martin DBS were listed as assets that the United States is seeking to seize. The indictment laid out a complicated operation. In 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a "red notice". Does the suspect have contacts in other places? Because he had charges of stealing data from three e-commerce firms and sold the information.

The indictment named the FSB officers involved as Dmitry Dokuchaev and his superior, Igor Sushchin, who are both in Russian Federation.

However, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, dismissed out of hand the idea that FSB employees could have been involved in the Yahoo hack. Belan had been indicted in 2012 and 2013 for hacking e-commerce data and was arrested in Europe in June 2013. The attackers were able to create their own cookies, thus allowing them to bypass Yahoo's login security protocols for any targeted accounts. He forged the cookies and manipulated Yahoo search engine. Rather than arresting him, the DoJ claims the two FSB agents used him to gain access to Yahoo's systems. The director of Cybersecurity network said, "Certainly we've seen all sorts of similar breaches, but the scale of this and some of the unusual activities they undertook are unmatched". And in December, the company announced an earlier and bigger breach, involving 1 billion user accounts, which was discovered by Andrew Komarov, chief intelligence officer for InfoArmor, a security company, who had been tracking the spammers who orchestrated that incursion. To Yahoo, it then appeared that a hacker was the authorised user. She is still set to collect a severance package worth about $23 million as part of the Verizon deal.

Recent findings from an internal investigation showed some of Yahoo's executives knew about the data breach shortly after it happened, but they didn't properly respond. The report didn't name the officials responsible.

The company said at least 500 million user accounts were affected. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

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