Following the Justice Department's indictment of Russian hackers involved in the 2014 Yahoo data breach, it has been revealed the four individuals involved had been allegedly working together to conduct the attacks, Reuters reports. U.S. authorities and cybersecurity professionals have said the Kremlin hires hackers for geostrategic purposes, while offering deniability to Moscow and freedom from legal repercussions. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the indictment reveals "the close and mutually beneficial ties between the cyber underworld and Russia’s government and security services." Former FBI cyber agent and managing director for cyber defense at K2 Intelligence Milan Patel said the relationship between espionage and cyber crimes in Russia led the U.S. and its allies to be more wary about notifying Moscow to criminal hackers. "Magically those guys would disappear off the battlefield and most likely end up working for the Russian government," Patel said.
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