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>> If you were one of the half a billion yahoo account users hacked in 2014, now you have some people to blame. The US government Wednesday unsealing charges against two Russian spies, and two criminal hackers, for allegedly pilfering those accounts. It's the first time the US government has criminally charged Russian officials for cyber crimes.
The officers work for the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, a successor to the KGB, and were identified as Dmitry Dokuchaev, and his boss, Igor Sushchin.>> The FSB unit that the defendants worked for, the Center for Information Security, also known as Center 18, is also the FBI's point of contact in Moscow for cyber-crime matters.
The involvement and direction of FSB officers with law enforcement responsibilities makes this conduct that much more egregious.>> Reuters global tech editor, Jonathan Weber.>> Now there's been a tremendous amount of discussion of Russia and hacking and cyber and all of that in many contexts in recent months.
This particular thing is unrelated. And so far as we know, completely unrelated to the issues around the election and the Russian hacking of the election, that's a very separate matter. However, I think the fact that these things in general are kind of so much in the spotlight, is maybe part of what motivated the Justice Department to kinda make a big deal out of this to show that we're going after these people.
>> The Russian officials remain in Russia, a country the United States does not have an extradition treaty with. Yahoo said when it announced the then unprecedented breach last September, that it believed the attack was state sponsored. And on Wednesday the company said the indictment unequivocally shows that to be the case.
Yahoo, in December, also announced a breach that occurred in 2013 affecting 1 billion accounts. Though it has not linked that intrusion to the one in 2014 for which the Russians are now implicated.