Media are reporting that US authorities will shortly issue criminal indictments against four people, three of them in Russian Federation, in connection with massive hacking attacks on Yahoo that were the largest ever reported.
The US Justice Department announced on Wednesday that charges have been brought in relation to the 2014 attack which targeted around 500 million Yahoo accounts.
The defendants targeted Yahoo accounts of Russian and US government officials, including cyber security, diplomatic and military personnel.
McCord said the FSB officers' role in the hacking made this crime "much more egregious".
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Another man indicted in the case is Alexsey Belan, who is on the most-wanted cyber list and has been charged twice before, in connection with intrusions into three major tech firms in Nevada and California in 2012 and 2013.
In September, Yahoo said hackers had managed to steal personal data on more than 500 million users during an attack in late 2014.
"We're committed to keeping our users and our platforms secure and will continue to engage with law enforcement to combat cybercrime", Madsen said.
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Following the hack, Verizon, which planned to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion, announced that it would review the terms of the agreement, including the purchase price.
The spies are officers of FSB, a successor organization to Russia's KGB.
Al Jazeera's White House correspondent James Bays said there was "no direct link" between the Yahoo hack and the hacking of Democratic Party emails, which took place during the 2016 USA presidential election. Though intelligence agencies have said that the hacking of Democratic emails were carried out by Russian Federation to help President Trump's campaign, the latest charges are not related to the matter. Intelligence officials have acccused Russians of trying to meddle in the 2016 election.
Charges against four people, including two Russian security officials, were filed by federal prosecutors on Wednesday. The four are accused of computer hacking, economic espionage and other conspiracy charges. What's more, the Russian constitution prohibits the extradition of Russian nationals, making it even harder for the USA authorities to question them. Numerous details in that report were later confirmed by the Associated Press.
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