U.S. Indicts Russians for Hacking Anti-Doping Orgs, Targeting Nuclear Sites

HeadlineOct 05, 2018

The Justice Department has indicted seven Russian agents for conspiring to hack the computers of anti-doping officials who uncovered a massive ring of Russian state-sponsored cheating by athletes ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Thursday the seven agents have ties to the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence body; he said they went on to attempt hacks against other targets.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady: “They targeted Westinghouse, a nuclear power company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that supplied nuclear fuel to the Ukraine. They targeted the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the poisoning of a former GRU officer and his daughter in the U.K. And they targeted a lab in Switzerland that analyzed the nerve agent used in that poisoning.”

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