DOJ Reports Charges Against Russian Hackers

Federal grand jury indicts six Russian military intelligence agents in malware attacks.

Six agents of the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU) were charged by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh last week for their use of spearfishing and malware in computer attacks. The indictments are for a wide range of hacking activities from 2015 through 2018.

The Justice Department reported, “These GRU hackers and their co-conspirators engaged in computer intrusions and attacks intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: (1) Ukraine; (2) Georgia; (3) elections in France; (4) efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent, Novichok, on foreign soil; and (5) the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games after Russian athletes were banned from participating under their nation’s flag, as a consequence of Russian government-sponsored doping effort.”

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

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Department of Justice as they work to bring cybercriminals to justice.
  • That the U.S. Cyber Intelligence community would successfully protect the nation from cyberattacks.

Sources: Justice Department, Politico


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