US accuses Russian intelligence officers in major cyberattacks

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Security researchers at the time were quick to blame Russia for the hack-and-dump.

But unlike Russian work in the 2016 US election, the French operation mixed genuine documents with altered material. French media largely ignored the stolen documents, in part due to questions of authenticity, but also because France was in a government-imposed ban just before the vote.

US officials have warned that Russia may repeat these tactics in the US presidential race this year, mixing forged material with real stolen documents in a way that is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.

The indictments showed how the hacking unit was emboldened after its success interfered with the 2016 U.S. election, despite the ensuing fury and the Obama administration’s decision to punish and reprimand publicly Russia for its role.

“If you felt like after 2016 they hung up and gave up their aggressive behavior, the fact that they hacked the Olympics should disillusion you with that notion,” said John Hultquist, Director of Threat Intelligence at FireEye. Silicon Valley cybersecurity company. “It was a vindictive attack. There was no clear geopolitical reason to do so. And it had an impact on the entire international community.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics hack, which cut internet access and broadcasts, blocked broadcasters’ drones, shut down Olympics websites and prevented spectators from attending the opening ceremony.

At the time, security experts named the Sour Grapes attack because they believed it was carried out by Russians out of spite that the Olympic Committee was banning its athletes from participating in the Games after systemic violations. anti-doping rules.

The suspects were also responsible for the development of malware used in two attacks on Ukraine’s power grid, according to court documents. The first attack, on December 23, 2015, infiltrated Ukrainian energy companies, cutting power for hours to more than 200,000 residents in the west of the country.

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