The FBI has announced today that it is charging two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by the Russians for the Yahoo hack. The indictment that Russia hacked over 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014 is the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials.

The indicted Russian FSB officers are Dmitry Dokuchaev, and his boss, Igor Sushchin. One hired hand is Alexsey Belan, who is on the most-wanted cyber list. Belan was charged twice before in connection with intrusions into three major tech firms in Nevada and California in 2012 and 2013. The other hired hacker is Karim Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but has Canadian citizenship. Baratov was recently arrested in Canada.

Yet, quietly hidden behind the story is something that Softwar Enews readers already know. Hillary Clinton's top assistant Huma Abedin used her Yahoo account to print classified emails. In a previous Softwar blog, published on Jan. 16, 2017, I noted that classified emails from Clinton were streamed directly to Yahoo.

"Huma Abedin would often be asked by Hillary to print important and classified emails. However, since the State Department email system did not allow printing - for obvious security reasons - Huma would forward the classified emails to a personal YAHOO account or to her husband Anthony Weiner's account so she could print them. The fact that a recent hack of YAHOO breached over 1 billion email accounts and Anthony Weiner's laptop contained a large number of Clinton emails should be enough to make any national security officer scream and pound their head on a desk top repeatedly."

Now that I have finished screaming and pounding my head on the desk, I can at very least say I told you so. Worse still, the fact that Russian FSB officials are now charged with leading the attack on Yahoo, it is very clear that Putin was most likely reading these emails before the paper was dry from Abedin's inkjet printer. This little factoid means US national security was breached big time by Secretary Clinton.

What kind of data was Abedin printing? We know from the "PLS PRT" markings on Hillary's emails, commanding Abedin to run to her ink jet, that classified information included: NATO strategy, terrorists, drone strikes, military operations, CIA operatives, satellite photos of North Korean missile sites, nuclear weapons in Iran, and NSA intercepts. That is just for starters. We can include diplomatic discussions with NATO allies, middle-east allies, China, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Still, the clueless press and FBI are tangled in a web of unconscious cyber worlds, unable to get their story straight. According to the story published in the Washington Post, "Though FBI agents have long suspected that the Russians have used cyber mercenaries to do their work, this case is among the first in which evidence is offered to show that."

So, the FBI is just now finding out what we have known since 2008 that the Russians use criminal hackers for intelligence operations. The reason why I mention 2008, is because that is when Russian criminal hackers were caught striking at the Georgian government during the Russian invasion. The criminal hackers were so skilled they even used stolen US credit cards to buy resources such as computer time and addresses for their strikes.

Now we have this from the Dept. Of Justice indictment: "One of the defendants also exploited his access to Yahoo’s network for his personal financial gain, by searching Yahoo user communications for credit card and gift card account numbers, redirecting a subset of Yahoo search engine web traffic so he could make commissions and enabling the theft of the contacts of at least 30 million Yahoo accounts to facilitate a spam campaign."

Can you see any "modus operandi" (MO) in this activity from the Georgian war?

It seems the FBI is just now wrapping their heads around the idea that hackers can be hired like mercenaries. Would someone at Ft. Meade please call the FBI HQ and ask to speak to someone in charge? Comey is a good starting point.

The media and Congress are playing games chasing phantom Russians that are supposed to be circling inside President Trump's closet. Clearly, the media has an agenda to smear the President and Congress has an agenda to ensure the NSA is not listening in on their phone calls. The FBI can't get beyond the "hacked Yahoo" part to put two and two together. Instead, institutions should be looking directly at the Clinton emails and the direct trail leading to Moscow.

U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking Yahoo and Millions of Email Accounts





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