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The Department of Justice is accusing four people of participating in massive online security breaches that compromised hundreds of millions of user accounts, said the person, who asked not to be identified because it was a sensitive legal matter. The hacks came to light last year and threatened to derail the sale of Yahoo’s web operations to Verizon Communications Inc. Report: U.S. Prepares Indictments Over Yahoo Hacking [bloomberg.com]
Two members of a Russian intelligence agency "protected, directed, facilitated, and paid" hackers to break into Yahoo's systems in 2014, compromising 500 million user accounts, the Department of Justice said in an indictment Wednesday.
Two other people, one Russian and one Canadian, were also charged in connection with the hacks, which are believed to be among the largest ever. Department of Justice Statement over Yahoo Hacking [uk.businessinsider.com]