U.S. Charges Russian Intelligence Officers In Several High-Profile Cyberattacks

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The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges against six Russian intelligence officers in connection with some of the world’s most damaging cyberattacks, including disruption of Ukraine’s power grid and releasing a mock ransomware virus — NotPetya — that infected computers globally causing billions of dollars in damage.

The alleged hackers are all members of the same military intelligence agency — the GRU — which was involved in efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the indictment does not charge these members with interference in any U.S. election.

Rather, they stand accused of what Justice Department officials say is the single most disruptive and destructive series of cyber attacks ever attributed to one group.

“No country has weaponized its cyber capabilities as maliciously and irresponsibly as Russia, wantonly causing unprecedented collateral damage to pursue small tactical advantages and to satisfy fits of spite,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in announcing the indictment.

The Washington Post. (c) 2020.



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