US Charges Russian FSB Officers And Other Two Hackers For Hacking 500 Million Yahoo Users Account

In 2014, Yahoo disclosed that 500 million Yahoo users accounts were compromised by a state-sponsored hacking group.

Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, two Russian intelligence officers and two criminal hackers have been charged by the US government in connection with 2014 Yahoo 500 Million users account hacking case.

Two officers from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two other hackers:

Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, was an officer in the FSB Center for Information Security, aka “Center 18.” Dokuchaev was a Russian national and resident.

Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, was an FSB officer, a superior to Dokuchaev within the FSB, and a Russian national and resident. Sushchin was embedded as a purported employee and Head of Information Security at a Russian investment bank.

Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, aka “Magg,” 29, was born in Latvia and is a Russian national and resident. U.S. Federal grand juries have indicted Belan twice before, in 2012 and 2013.

Karim Baratov, aka “Kay,” “Karim Taloverov” and “Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov,” 22. He is a Canadian and Kazakh national and a resident of Canada.

The prosecutors in a 38-page indictment [PDF] on Wednesday revealed that the two Russian spies worked with other two hackers to break and gain access to Yahoo in early 2014

Belan used the file transfer protocol(FTP) to download Yahoo database, was in the FB’s most wanted list. Belan downloaded the database which contains usernames, recovery emails, phone numbers as well as certain information like web browsers cookies for more than 500 Million account

Charges:

  • Conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse
  • Conspiring to engage in economic espionage
  • Conspiring to engage in theft of trade secrets
  • Economic espionage
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Conspiring to commit wire fraud
  • Accessing a computer without authorization to obtain information for the purpose of
  • commercial advantage and private financial gain.
  • Transmitting code with the intent to cause damage to computers.
  • Counterfeit access device making equipment
  • Conspiring to commit access device fraud
  • Aggravated identity theft

Karim Baratov was arrested on Tuesday by Toronto Police Department, while Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan and the two FSB officers are not arrested yet and they are in Russia now.

The US has requested all the three to be handed over the charges, but the US have no extradition treaty with Russia.

News of the arrest came few weeks after Yahoo and Verizon communications Inc. agreed to reduce the upcoming acquisition deal by $350 Million in cash.

The deal, which was previously fixed at $4.8 Billion, now valued at $4.48 in cash and it is excepted to done in the second quarter.

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