Today, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers-for-hire for allegedly breaching Yahoo's servers. Mary McCord, the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said that prosecutors believe the FSB agents carried out the hack in their capacity as Russian government officials. We knew that the intrusion was pretty bad -- the Justice Department called it the largest data breach in US history -- but the indictment offers new details on how the hackers allegedly exploited their access to Yahoo's servers for sweet, sweet cash.
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Late last year, top cybersecurity investigators from a private firm and Russian intelligence were arrested in dramatic fashion. One was dragged out of a meeting with a bag over his head. All were disappeared. Details were scarce at the time, but revelations from a new Reuters report now only complicate what we know.