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DOJ Charges 6 Russian Military Officers with Cyberattack

What Happened:

  • On Monday, the Department of Justice charged six Russian military officers for their involvement in a hacking scheme designed to attack foreign powers.

  • According to the Justice Department, the cyberattackers hacked into software and used malware (including the famed NotPetya malware) on thousands of computers to cause nearly $1 billion in losses and destabilize worldwide networks.

  • The alleged hackers are all officers of the GRU, the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate. According to the prosecutors, they are accused of causing "damage and disruption to computer networks worldwide, including in France, Georgia, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States."

  • In all, they are charged with seven counts and face up to 27 years in prison. The counts include: conspiracy to conduct computer fraud and abuse, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, damaging protected computers, and aggravated identity theft.

  • Federal arrest warrants were issued for each of the defendants by the US District Court in Pennsylvania. They are all presumed to be located in Russia.

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