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Kremlin ready for cooperation in countering cybercrimes

March 16, 13:09 UTC+3
The Kremlin hopes to get official information on Yahoo hacking but wants to assure that it is ready for cooperation in countering cybercrimes
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MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes to get official information on the hacking of the Internet search engine Yahoo but wants to assure that it is ready for cooperation in countering cyber crimes, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

"As for the charges brought against some Russian citizens [in the Yahoo case], we have learnt about this situation from the media. As far as we know, we have not received any information via official channels and therefore, unfortunately, we don’t have any details," the spokesman said.

According to Peskov, "Russia has always been interested - and has stated this at various levels - in cooperation in the field of countering cyber crimes in the interests of ensuring cyber security."

"We believe that this is one of the priority tasks today," the Kremlin spokesman said. "We hope that we’ll get some official information on this score [on the hacking of the Yahoo] after all," Peskov said.

"We hope that we’ll get some official information on this score [on the Yahoo hack] after all," Peskov said.

"In this case, I wouldn’t speak about mass reports in the media and they can’t be perceived as official accusations," the Kremlin spokesman said.

The presidential spokesman also stressed again that Russian official bodies, including the Federal Security Service (FSB), were not complicit in any hacker attacks.

He brushed aside as incorrect the formulation of the question about whether FSB operatives could have been engaged in such activity on their own without their superiors’ authorization.

The US authorities brought charges on Wednesday against Russian nationals for a hacker attack on the Yahoo web portal in 2014 to steal data on 500 million Yahoo accounts. According to US officials, the charges were announced against two FSB operatives and two hackers. They said one of these persons, Karim Baratov, had been arrested in Canada on Wednesday.

Some Canadian media outlets announced that the suspect had dual citizenship of Canada and Kazakhstan. US officials mentioned Baratov among the arrested Russians. The names of the other suspects are Dmitry Dokuchaev, Igor

Sushchin and Alexei Belan. The charges against the latter were pressed earlier as well.

As the US authorities assert, the Russians gained access to information of intelligence and commercial value.

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