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Federal prosecutors accused six Russian government officials of orchestrating widespread cyberattacks that targeted Russia’s perceived enemies across the globe in a sweeping indictment unsealed Monday.
The six men are charged with creating a worm called NotPetya that infected computers across the globe and caused $10 billion in damage, as well as carrying out individual attacks that shut down the power grid in Ukraine, disrupted the IT infrastructure of the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, and took down the computer systems of a chain of hospitals in Western Pennsylvania.
The string of hacks are the “most destructive, most costly, and most egregious cyberattacks ever known,” US attorney Scott Brady said in a press conference on Monday.
The hackers — Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin, and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev — are accused of comprising Sandworm, a Russian hacking group that has wreaked havoc…