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U.S. charges Russian intelligence officers for massive cyberattacks beginning in 2015

A federal grand jury has returned a 7-count indictment against six Russian military intelligence officers for major hacking operations targeting foreign elections, the Olympics and computer systems worldwide that resulted in nearly $1 billion in losses, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The big picture: The officers are members of the same GRU unit indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for interference in the 2016 election.


Details: The indictment accuses the hackers of ...

  • Unleashing destructive malware attacks on Ukraine's power grid in 2015 through 2016
  • Engaging in hack-and-leak efforts targeting the 2017 French elections
  • Infecting computers around the world with destructive malware called NotPetya in 2017
  • Targeting the PyeongChang Winter Olympics after Russian athletes were banned from participating under their country's flag in 2017 and 2018
  • Attempting to disrupt chemical weapons investigations into the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on U.K. soil in 2018
  • Targeting Georgian companies and government entities in 2018 and 2019

This is a breaking story. Check back for more updates.

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