Russian Hackers Accused For Targeting US Intelligence

  • Russia-based hackers executed a sophisticated cyber campaign targeting American intelligence officials, including State and Defense Department contractors, as part of an international operation that involved NATO members and Ukraine, according to allegations by the Justice Department on Thursday.
  • Prosecutors asserted that an officer from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and another co-defendant conducted a spear-phishing campaign from October 2016 to October 2022. The targets included current and former employees of the U.S. intelligence community, defense contractors, and Energy Department facilities.
  • Ruslan Aleksandrovich Peretyatko, the FSB officer, and Andrey Stanislavovich Korinets, associated with an organization known as the Callisto Group, allegedly employed spoof email accounts mimicking legitimate individuals. These accounts were used to deceive victims into providing login credentials, enabling unauthorized access to their email accounts, as detailed in a federal indictment unsealed in California.