The U.S. Justice Department has charged six Russian military officers for committing cybercrimes. These include the disruption, through computer hacking, of the French presidential election, the Olympics, U.S. businesses and healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania, and Ukraine’s power grid, according to the indictments. The attacks led to damages of billions of dollars. The indictments were the result of a combined FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation. 

The defendants are Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, 32; Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, 35; Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, 28; Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, 29; Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, 27; and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin, 32. The officers were assigned to GRU, the Russian military’s intelligence unit.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert Colville in Pittsburgh.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, said that, “No country has weaponized its cyber capabilities as maliciously or irresponsibly as Russia, wantonly causing unprecedented damage to pursue small tactical advantages and to satisfy fits of spite.”

“Today the department has charged these Russian officers with conducting the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group… No nation will recapture greatness while behaving in this way,” he added.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady of the Western District of Pennsylvania, where the indictments were filed, said, “For more than two years we have worked tirelessly to expose these Russian GRU Officers who engaged in a global campaign of hacking, disruption, and destabilization, representing the most destructive and costly cyberattacks in history.” 

“The crimes committed by Russian government officials were against real victims who suffered real harm. We have an obligation to hold accountable those who commit crimes — no matter where they reside and no matter for whom they work — in order to seek justice on behalf of these victims,” Attorney Brady added.