Washington, – U.S. federal prosecutors have indicted four men, including two members of the Russian FSB intelligence agency, for the theft of 500 million individual accounts from Yahoo in 2014.

The indictment, announced on Wednesday, charges the men with 47 counts of conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The indictment identifies the Russian intelligence agents as Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, and Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43. The other men charged are Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, 29, a Russian citizen and Karim Baratov, 22, a Canadian and Kazakh national living in Canada. All three Russians are resident in the U.S.

“The criminal conduct at issue, carried out and otherwise facilitated by officers from an FSB unit that serves as the FBI’s point of contact in Moscow on cybercrime matters, is beyond the pale,” the acting assistant attorney general, Mary B. McCord, said in a statement.

Yahoo made the breach known last September, saying the hackers had obtained passwords to steal the data. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency