Oh, Pootie is not going to like this!
Courtesy of The Hill:
The Trump administration on Thursday indicted seven Russian intelligence officers on a slew of federal charges for allegedly conducting malicious cyber operations against the United States and its allies.
Officials with the Justice Department’s national security division and the FBI announced the charges Thursday morning, shortly after officials in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands revealed a secret joint intelligence mission that thwarted a Russian intelligence operation targeting a global chemical weapons watchdog at The Hague, called the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
U.S. officials allege that some of the Russians caught in the operation at The Hague participated in a global hacking campaign against individuals and organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. These include attacks on Olympic organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, as well as attacks on a U.S. nuclear power company in Pennsylvania.
The Russian hackers allegedly targeted Westinghouse, which officials noted supplies nuclear power to Ukraine. Officials would not comment on the motivation of that attack, or whether it was successful.
The Russians, who work for the GRU, were charged with conspiracy, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to launder money, though since they live in Russia will mean relatively little to them.
In fact, three of these assholes were already indicted by Robert Mueller back in July of this year.
When I first read this I was all excited that the Trump Administration was actually going after Russians, but then I read a little further down in the article and it sounds like we really did not have much choice since the UK and the Netherlands were coming out publicly with their investigation.
It’s kind of like the Trump Justice Department got a phone call from Britan saying “Look old chap we are about to nip a few of those pesky Kremlin cyber dicks, would you like it if we put your name on the card?”