Tensions between the United States and Russia have festered for months over the issue of cybersecurity. Russian hackers were identified by American intelligence officials as having tried to aid Donald J. Trump during the presidential election last year, at the expense of Hillary Clinton.
On Wednesday, the Justice Department said Russians were also behind another prominent hacking: a giant breach at the internet company Yahoo in 2014, when 500 million user accounts were compromised.
Federal officials said two Russian intelligence officers were responsible for the breach, along with a Russian hacker and a Kazakh national living in Canada, write Vindu Goel and Eric Lichtblau, reporters for The New York Times. The Russian government then used the information obtained through the Yahoo breach to target American executives and other officials, according to the indictment from the Justice Department.
The development is likely to deepen questions over how much the United States and Russia can trust and work with each other. The relationship is also in the spotlight because of comments President Trump has made about his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, which have raised some eyebrows.
At least one person was thankful that the Justice Department had brought its indictment out over the Yahoo breach. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive, who is also grappling with another hacking of some 1 billion user accounts at the company, wrote in a message on Twitter that she was “very grateful” to the American authorities for getting to the bottom of things.
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