Justice Department files criminal charges against seven Russian spies over Fancy Bear cyberattacks

October 4, 2018

U.S. prosecutors have charged seven suspects accused of working for the Russian GRU, the country’s military intelligence unit.

The Justice Department’s National Security Division alleged the seven hackers were part of “a conspiracy to use computer hacking to obtain non-public, health information about athletes and others in the files of anti-doping agencies in multiple countries, and release of stolen information selectively and sometimes misleadingly.”

Prosecutors accused the seven Russian residents — charged with several counts of computer fraud and abuse and money laundering — of hacking into the World Anti-Doping Agency and several media outlets, among others.

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