DOJ indicts 7 Russian spies for cyber crimes

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]The Department of Justice announced indictments Thursday against seven Russian military intelligence officers for alleged malicious cyber activities against the U.S. and its allies, including retaliation against officials and organizations that exposed state-sponsored doping by Russian Olympic athletes and the hacking of a lab investigating Russia and Syria's use of chemical weapons.

The big picture: The new indictments come on the heels of the U.K. and the Netherlands accusing Russia of running a massive global campaign of cyber attacks intended to undermine Western democracies. Dutch authorities said today they expelled four GRU officers for attempting to hack OPCW, a global chemical weapons watchdog investigating the Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.

  • Fancy Bear, the hackers believed to have breached the Democratic National Committee to tamper in the 2016 elections, are also believed to be the group that hacked the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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