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U.S. offers $10 million reward for 6 Russian intelligence officers


According to a notice on the State Department’s website, the six officers worked in “Unit 74455,” the cyber division of Russia’s Main Intelligence Service (GRU). This unit is also known by code names like Sandworm, Telebots, Voodoo Bear and Iron Viking.

US offers $10 million reward for 6 Russian intelligence officers

The United States announced in October 2020 the indictment of six people believed to be Russian military intelligence officials.

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The six officers were identified as: Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin.

They are accused by the United States of being involved in a 2017 global malware attack that affected the computers of several private U.S. entities, including hospital systems.

The 2017 “NotPetya” cyberattack (also known as PetrWrap, exPetr, GoldenEye or Diskcoder.C) crippled parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure and compromised computer systems in many countries around the world, including France, Germany, Italy and the United States, estimates billions of dollars in damages.

Moscow has denied involvement in the incident.

A federal grand jury indicted six “Unit 74455” officers in 2020 for conspiracy to commit crimes including computer fraud and abuse, the State Department said. US delivery scale.

The reward of up to $10 million will be used to “identify or target anyone involved in malicious cyber activity affecting U.S. critical infrastructure while acting at the direction or control of a foreign government.”

Russia had no immediate comment on the State Department statement.