US charges 6 Russians in vast hacking campaign

Six current and former Russian military officers sought to disrupt through computer hacking the French election, the Winter Olympics and U.S. hospitals and businesses, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. (Oct. 19)

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SCOTT BRADY: Today, my colleagues and I are pleased to announce that a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania returned a seven-count indictment charging six Russian military intelligence officers for their roles in some of the most destructive, most costly, and most egregious cyberattacks ever known. The defendants were all officers within military unit 74455 of the Russia Main Intelligence Directorate, also known as the GRU. The crimes committed by these defendants in unit 74455 are truly breathtaking in their scope, scale, and impact.

MICHAEL CHRISTMAN: These cyber attacks are unmatched in their destructive manner and disregard for public safety and innocent victims. In fact, NotPetya was the most destructive cyberattack in history with approximately $10 billion in damages and over 300 victims worldwide.

DAVID BOWDICH: This activity went well beyond traditional intelligence collection. The GRU targeted the global energy sector, the international political groups, hospitals, and even the Olympics. Time and again, Russia has made it clear they will not abide by accepted norms. And instead, they intend to continue their destructive and destabilizing cyber behavior.