The NYT reports that
- Officers in the same Russian military intelligence unit that helped publicize stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 have been accused of a vast hacking campaign with targets around the world.
- The Justice Department yesterday unsealed the charges, which say that six officers participated in an effort that included disrupting a French presidential election, the electricity grid in Ukraine and internet access at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The actions cost institutions in the targeted countries billions of dollars, according to the indictment.
- This was the first time a major law enforcement agency made an allegation that the Russians were behind these breaches. The new charges did not address the Russian interference in the 2020 election, although American intelligence agencies say it is occurring.