USA is all set to announce indictments against the suspects including 3 Russians in Yahoo hacks.
USA authorities have announced charges against four people including 3 Russians in connection with massive Yahoo hacks. Considered one of the biggest hacking, Yahoo hack was resulted in the theft of personal data from more than 500 million user accounts in 2014.
Assistant Attorney General Marcy McCord said in press conference, “They worked … to steal information including information about individual users and access the private contents of their accounts.” He further stated that these hackers also targeted “Russian journalists, numerous employees of other providers’ networks that the conspirators sought to exploit, and employees of financial services and other commercial entities.”
This is the first time when US government has announced indictment against Russian officials for cybercrimes. It is also seen as the government’s step to expose the Russian hacking operations targeting Western companies, people and journalists.
An independent committee has established that Yahoo’s security team knew about attack when it took place, Yahoo stated in a regulatory filing. However, the company didn’t disclose it until last September. Prior to this, Yahoo has suffered a major data hack in 2013, affecting over 1 billion users.
Yahoo has agreed to sell its core internet business to Verizon, which wanted a US$350 million discount after the large-scale hacks are leaked. The hack had become public less than one month after the deal.