The Justice Department charged four men — two of whom are Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB officers — Wednesday for stealing the personal information of at least 500 million Yahoo customers in a massive breaches that rocked the company’s reputation and slashed hundreds of millions of dollars off its sale to Verizon.
The other two defendants were criminal hackers hired by the Russian officials to breach Yahoo’s network. The stolen account information was used to gain additional content from customers’ Yahoo accounts and accounts tied to other email providers, including Google.
Both Russian journalists and American diplomatic officials were then targeted using the data stolen in the hack. The charges for one of the largest computer intrusions in American history, included conspiracy, economic espionage, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
In a move that Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord described as “beyond the pale,” the FSB officials behind the hack were members of a Russian unit that serves as the FBI’s liaison on cybercrime in Moscow. “These are the very people that we are supposed to work with cooperatively,” she said during a press conference Wednesday. “They turned against that type of work.”
One of the defendants, Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, had been on the FBI’s most wanted list for more than three years for cybercrime, McCord said. Another defendant, Karim Baratov, was arrested for the Yahoo breach yesterday in Canada. The US government will ask Russian law enforcement officials to extradite the remaining three defendants, who reside in Russia, said Paul Abbate, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s cyber branch.
“The indictment unequivocally shows the attacks on Yahoo were state-sponsored,” said Chris Madsen, Yahoo’s assistant general counsel and head of global law enforcement. “We’re committed to keeping our users and our platforms secure and will continue to engage with law enforcement to combat cybercrime.”
How Computer Vision Is Finally Taking Off, After 50 Years
Latest Nat & Friends is a wider primer on the subject of Computer Vision, some history, where it is now and aims in the future:
Computer vision is fascinating to me because a) it sounds intriguing and
b) it’s a part of so many different things we use today (augmented
reality, image search, Google Photos, cameras, those yellow first down
lines we see watching football on TV, self-driving cars, selfie lenses,
and more.) In this video, I talk with several researchers at Google to
get an overview of the field today, its history, as well as its future.