U.S. charges Russian hackers with sweeping campaign of cyberattacks

A federal grand jury has charged six Russian nationals with a wide-ranging campaign of cyberattacks — including a highly destructive global malware rampage and a 2018 attack on the Winter Olympic Games — that reflects the scope and intensity of Russia’s digital aggression.

As officers of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, the six defendants launched a June 2017 malware campaign known as NotPetya, hacked the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, and conducted the hack-and-leak operations that targeted the 2017 French elections, according to a newly unsealed indictment.