7 Russian foreign nationals indicted in US for alleged money laundering and hacking of Canadian / US agencies

By Christine Duhaime | October 7th, 2018

The Department of Justice announced the indictment of 7 Russian foreign nationals in Pennsylvania for their roles in an alleged hacking of anti-doping sports agencies, including one in Canada called the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sports. According to the indictment, the indicted persons hacked into computers for several years to allegedly influence sports doping and used Bitcoin to facilitate the payment of domain names and to use servers. According to the indictment, the defendants hacked into computers remotely from Moscow and also hacked into agency computers and mobile devices by gaining access to hotel and airport wifi networks. The defendants allegedly traveled to Brazil and Switzerland to hack hotel wifi networks to obtain log in credentials, and once they had access, they conducted large-scale exports of data. The indictment also alleges that the defendants acquired Bitcoin from mining, which offers a way to acquire Bitcoin relatively anonymously because the only connection point (and therefore identifying point), is the IP address.

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