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U.S. gov't indicts spies, hackers in Yahoo breach

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:21

The Justice Department indicted two Russian spies and two criminal hackers for allegedly breaching 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014. Fred Katayama reports.

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The U.S. Justice Department indicted four people for allegedly breaching 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014. Two of the hackers work for Russia's Federal Security Service, a successor to the KGB. They are in Russia now. The third is on the list of most-wanted cyber criminals. And the fourth - a Kazakh with Canadian citizenship - has been arrested in Canada. The U.S. government's 47-count indictment includes conspiracy, economic espionage, and aggravated identity theft. Tony Brusseri, CEO of cyber security firm Route1, Inc., says Yahoo should also take the responsibility. (SOUNDBITE) TONY BRUSSERI, CEO, ROUTE1, INC. (ENGLISH) SAYING: "It's sexy to talk about, you know, the hacker, almost in the Tom Clancy novel type of thing, but to me, the real fundamental experience I think we should be taking away from this is why isn't corporate America being held accountable to the same standards, by the way of example, U.S. government agencies would be held accountable." Aside from the 2014 hack, Yahoo suffered from an unrelated breach a year earlier that affected one billion users. But it was the company's slow response and disclosure that shattered its reputation. That forced it to agree to a steep discount in selling its main assets to Verizon for $4.83 billion.

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U.S. gov't indicts spies, hackers in Yahoo breach

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:21