On December 14, 2016, we provided details on the forging of cookies to gain access to certain user accounts without a password and we linked some of that activity to the same state-sponsored actor.
We appreciate the FBI’s diligent investigative work and the DOJ’s decisive action to bring to justice those responsible for the crimes against Yahoo and its users.
Three months later, Yahoo revealed it had uncovered a separate hack in 2013 affecting about 1 billion accounts, including some that were also hit in 2014.
Rich Mogull, CEO of security firm Securosis, said Wednesday's indictment 'shows the ties between the Russian security service and basically the criminal underground,' something that had been 'discussed in security circles for years.'Cyber criminals gave Russian officials access to specific accounts they were targeting; and in return, Russian officials helped the criminals to evade authorities and let them keep the type of information that hackers that hack for money tend to exploit such as email addresses and logins and credit card information.
Belan is currently the subject of a pending 'Red Notice' requesting that Interpol member nations (including Russia) arrest him pending extradition.
Belan was also one of two criminal hackers named by President Barack Obama on Dec.
The fact that the indictment ties together the FSB and criminals is a new development, he said.
Baratov has been taken into custody in Canada, and Belan is on the list of the FBI's most wanted cyber criminals.
Mc Cord said the Russian spies 'protected, directed, facilitated, and paid,' Belan and Baratov to take part in the operation.'The criminal conduct at issue, carried out and otherwise facilitated by officers from an FSB unit that serves as the FBI’s point of contact in Moscow on cybercrime matters, is beyond the pale,' she said in a statement.
This morning’s announcement is consistent with our prior disclosures.
On September 22, 2016, we disclosed our belief that a state-sponsored actor had stolen a copy of certain user account information for approximately 500 million user accounts in late 2014.