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Four people charged by U.S. officials for a Yahoo data breach include two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers they enlisted, reported ABC13 News (US).

Some details on the men, according to an indictment and documents made public by the Department of Justice:
- Karim Baratov, also known as "Kay," ''Karim Taloverov" and "Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov," is a 22-year-old hacker. He is a Canadian and Kazakh national and a resident of Canada.
- Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, also known as "Magg," is a 29-year-old Russian who was born in Latvia when it was still part of the Soviet Union and has been on the FBI's list of most wanted hackers for more than three years. He was indicted in Nevada in 2012 and in California in 2013, accused of computer fraud and abuse, aggravated identity theft and other crimes related to hacking into three different e-commerce companies in the U.S. Arrested in Europe in 2013, he made it back to Russia before he could be extradited. Interpol has issued a request to member nations for his arrest and extradition, and in December he was one of two hackers designated for sanctions by President Barack Obama for "significant malicious cyber-enabled misappropriation of personal identifiers for private financial gain."
- Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, also known as "Patrick Nagel," is a 33-year-old FSB officer assigned to Center 18, which is the Russian intelligence agency's Center for Information Security.
- Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin is Dokuchaev's superior at the Russian intelligence agency. He also was "embedded as a purported employee and head of information security" at a Russian investment bank. There, the 43-year-old Russian monitored communications of bank employees, but it's not clear if the bank knew he was an intelligence officer.


The indictment lists two alleged officers of Russian FSB intelligence agency, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin. It also includes two alleged hackers Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov, reported Sputnik News (Russia).
The attack on the company occurred over three years ago, in August 2013. Involving over a billion user accounts, the hack is the largest security breach in history. The company had already secured this humiliating title just three months ago, in September 2016, when the data of 500 million users was reported to have been breached. That attack was said to have been the work of a "state-sponsored actor."

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. Miliefsky noted that the hacking news amounted to an "epic fail" by Verizon's mergers and acquisitions team, and will likely affect the purchase price by a "tremendous amount."

"We are announcing indictment of four individuals responsible for hack into Yahoo and the use of that information to obtain information of yahoo accounts and other email productions," Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord said. "Defendants include two officers of the Russian intelligence services and two criminal hackers with whom they conspired."

Two officers of Russia’s FSB intelligence agency allegedly acted on behalf of the agency, McCord claimed.
"As our indictment alleges, and as we have reason to believe based on our evidence, they were acting in their capacities of FSB officials," McCord said when asked if officers Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin acted individually or on behalf of the FSB.
"The defendants targeted accounts of Russian and US government officials, including cybersecurity, diplomatic and military personnel," McCord stated. "They also targeted Russian journalists, numerous employees of other providers, whose networks conspirators sought to exploit, and employees of financial services and other commercial entities."

The indictment by the US Justice Department on Wednesday regarding the Yahoo hack does not allege any link to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016, McCord told reporters.
"Our indictment does not allege any connection between this intrusion and the intrusions into the DNC. That’s a separate investigation," McCord said on Wednesday.

Alleged criminal hacker Karim Baratov, who is charged with three other co-defendants with the 2014 theft of information about some 500 million Yahoo users, was arrested in Toronto last night, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Assistant Director Paul Abbate announced Wednesday.
"Fourth co-conspirator, Karim Baratov, was apprehended by the Toronto Police Service Squad on Tuesday," Abbate stated.

United Kingdom’s MI5 security agency assisted in the investigation of alleged hacker Karim Baratov, one of four defendants charged with the 2014 theft of information from some 500 million Yahoo accounts, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Assistant Director Paul Abbate said in a press conference.
"UK MI5 security service made a substantial contribution to the investigation," Abbate stated on Wednesday.

Yahoo! Inc. is a US Internet corporation based in Sunnyvale, California. Well-known for its search engine, the company offers a number of online services, including the e-mail service Yahoo mail.

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