Six Russian military intelligence officers have been charged in the United States with carrying out cyberattacks on Ukraine’s power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Justice Department announced on Monday.
The six GRU agents were also accused of staging a malware attack called “NotPetya” that infected computers of businesses worldwide causing nearly $1 billion in losses to three US companies alone.
In addition, they allegedly targeted international investigations into the nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, and waged cyberattacks on media outlets and parliament in Georgia.
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said the six were responsible for “the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group.”
Demers said members of the same GRU unit have been charged previously with seeking to disrupt the 2016 US elections — but there were “no (2020) election interference allegations” in this indictment.
The indictment of the six, none of whom are in US custody, was brought by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where hospitals were allegedly