Charged US Department of Justice Six KGB officers were involved in a widespread piracy campaign, including the ransom demand (Petya) attacks in 2017, and attacks targeting Ukraine in 2015.
According to the indictment, the efforts have also targeted the country of Georgia, the French elections, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and investigations into poisoning Former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal.
Several specific incidents included in the indictment were previously reported, but no agency has publicly charged the GRU with masterminding the attacks.
Russia’s main military intelligence agency (GRU) has previously been linked to a wide range of cyberattacks that private sector researchers have dubbed “Fancy Bear”.
Prosecutors in this case linked the operation to a specific building for Russian intelligence located on Kirova Street in Moscow, which the indictment refers to as “the tower.”
The indictment follows previous trials related to the Russian intelligence campaigns against the 2014 Olympics or the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.
One of the six defendants, Anatoliy Kovalev, was included in the indictments of the Democratic National Committee.
The new indictment alleges that the KGB launched an international campaign of cyberattacks and political influence campaigns to advance Russian national interests.
The major destructive attacks against Ukraine’s power grids came in 2015, and the attack penetrated the internal networks of all major power distribution companies in the country, leaving more than 200,000 people without electricity in the winter.
As is the case with previous indictments against foreign infiltrators, Russia is unlikely to extradite the accused. It is unlikely that they will ever be prosecuted.
The new indictment is a milestone in ongoing efforts to hold GRU accountable for its digital attacks, and it is an outcome More than two years of investigation from the FBI.
Michael Christman, the special agent for the FBI in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office, said in statement: These criminals have downplayed the importance of sharing information, resources, and expertise between law enforcement agencies, the private sector, and international partnerships.