US offers $10 million for information on six Russians accused of cyberattack
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The US State Department offered this Tuesday a $10,000,000 reward for information about six agents of the intelligence services of the Russian Armed Forces for his involvement in a 2017 cyberattack against US infrastructure.
The agents are identified in the US official note as Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin.
Washington accuses them of having participated “in a conspiracy that deployed malicious computer programss (…) for the strategic benefit of Russia through unauthorized access” to the computers of the victim companies.
His cyberattack, launched in June 2017 with the program known as NotPelya, damaged computers at hospitals and medical centers in the Heritage Valley health system in western Pennsylvania, as well as a large US pharmaceutical manufacturer.
The losses caused by this attack were $1,000 million dollars.
All the defendants work for the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Board of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
Just days after the start of the war in Ukraine, President Joe Biden warned that Russia is considering a cyberattack against the United States and urged private companies to improve their defenses.
Biden assured that his administration had “evolving intelligence that the Russian government is exploring options for possible cyberattacks.s,” adding that the US private sector should “immediately strengthen its cyber defense.”
“Most of America’s critical infrastructure is operated by the private sector, and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to close their digital doors,” he urged.
*With information from EFE
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