Four Indicted in Massive Yahoo Hack, Two of Them Russian Spies

March 15, 2017


The U.S. Dept. of Justice announced they have charged four people in relation to the big hacking of Yahoo accounts in 2014 in which 500 million people had their account information stolen.


Two of the four charged are Russian spies and a part of FSB, a Russian intelligence agency. The DOJ says the two spies worked with the other two hackers to hack into Yahoo and they are suspected of targeting Google accounts. 


The hacking was focused on breaking through email accounts of both Russian and U.S. government officials. Apparently they were able to “take over” 30 million Yahoo accounts to send out spam emails. 


Of the four, three are Russians (two of them FSB officers) and one is from Kazakhstan and currently lives in Canada. Their ages are 29 to 44. 


The DOJ says they hope Russia will respect the U.S.’ criminal justice system and possibly extradite them to the U.S. There is currently no extradition treaty/agreement between the U.S. and Russia, so the U.S. will either have to convince the Russians to hand them over or wait for the three to enter a country that has an extradition agreement with the U.S. 


The Canadian hacker was arrested yesterday in Canada. 


Yahoo released a statement saying they were grateful for the DOJ’s indictments — and that it shows that the hacking attacks were “state-sponsored” — meaning Russia was behind it. 


The DOJ clearly stated that the Yahoo hacking has no connection with the hacks on the Democratic National Committee’s emails. 


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