The U.S. charged two Russian FSB officers and two others for computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offenses relating to the hacking of Yahoo. The Justice Department and the FBI said after getting unauthorized access to Yahoo's systems to steal information from about at least 500 million accounts, the hackers used information to get at accounts of Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and private-sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies. One of the defendants also exploited his access to Yahoo's network for his personal financial gain, by searching Yahoo user communications for credit card and gift card account numbers and also redirecting a subset of Yahoo search engine web traffic so he could make commissions.
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