Notpetya, Olympics hacking, Novichok probe meddling... America throws the book at six alleged Kremlin hackers

Notpetya, Olympics hacking, Novichok probe meddling... America throws the book at six alleged Kremlin hackers

Six men have been named as Russian military hackers and accused of spreading malware, disrupting the Olympics in retaliation for Russia's doping ban, and meddling with elections as well as probes into Novichok poisonings.


Today, the US government claimed the alleged team of cyber-spies:


  • Unleashed the file-scrambling ransomware NotPetya that in 2017 infected computers worldwide, from hospitals and an American pharmaceutical manufacturer to FedEx, TNT, and others, causing an estimated $1bn in damages.

  • Targeted South Koreans, athletes, the International Olympic Committee officials, and more, with spear-phishing and malicious mobile apps in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In February that year, the team infected and brought down Winter Olympics IT systems with the Olympic Destroyer malware, it is also claimed. Prosecutors said these actions were in retaliation for Russia being banned from the games due to its athletes' state-sanctioned use of performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Spear-phished experts at the international Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, who were investigating the Novichok nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and others on English soil in 2018. Britain blamed Russia for the poisonings, which killed a woman named Dawn Sturgess.

  • Launched "destructive malware attacks" against Ukraine’s electric power grid, Ministry of Finance, and State Treasury Service between December 2015 an ..