US Accuses Russian Spies Of Cyber Attacks Using Cryptos
The representatives of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania made allegations against seven employees of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) in cyber espionage and various illegal operations using cryptocurrencies. The document is published on the court’s official website.
The Russian intelligence agents are accused of stealing personal data and publishing it in order to influence the public opinion. Among other things, the accusations concern the doping scandal on the results of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The US Department of Justice's representatives claim that the officers of the General Staff hacked the servers of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the US Anti-Doping Agency.
The lawyers believe that the three intelligence officers were part of the Russian hacker group, which was accused of interfering in the US presidential election. Four more employees were deported from the Netherlands on charges of planning a cyber attack against the head office of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The defendants purchased the necessary equipment to achieve the criminal intent through the implementation of a complicated scheme of crypto payments, according to the document of the Ministry of Justice.
Cryptocurrencies were used at the time of acquiring servers and registering domain names, and most often the funds were sent directly to American companies, without intermediaries in the form of traditional financial institutions, in which it is necessary to identify the person and provide information about the sources of funds.
As previously reported, the Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece decided to extradite Alexander Vinnik, suspected of crypto fraud, to his homeland the Russian Federation.