It’s probably the most devastating series of cyber attacks in history: Now the US have filed charges against six Russian officers of the military intelligence service GRU. As the U.S. Department of justice announced on Monday, are the named defendants between the ages of 27 and 35 years old. However, none of the men currently in the United States in custody.
According to the Ministry, the defendants carried out their cyber-attacks between 2015 and 2019. Her first attack had not been the Ukrainian power grid in December 2015 and 2016, resulting in the heaters to keep the Ukraine in the middle of the Winter had failed. Later, the winter Olympics are to. games in South Korea should come to the attention of the defendants, after, Russian athletes had been prohibited from attending the Games under its own flag because of a state-supported doping under Also against the party of the incumbent French President, Emmanuel Macron, La République en Marche (LREM), is said to have carried out the group’s attacks.
Billions of dollars in damage
In addition, the group is the US Department of justice, according to also the billions of damage caused by ransomware Trojan “NotPetya” responsible. With the malware, you should not in 2017, only U.S. companies, such as the delivery giants FedEx and several diseases have made homes in Pennsylvania. Critical infrastructures, such as the control mechanisms at the scene of the accident of Chernobyl, as well as the ports of Mumbai and Amsterdam have been disrupted. Worldwide NotPetya is said to have “caused” a loss in the amount of approximately EUR 850 million.
The Deputy U.S. attorney General John Demers said the six-GRU-be officers responsible for “the most destructive and most devastating series of computer attacks, which was attributed to a single group”.