Langevin Statement on Indictment of Yahoo! Hackers

Mar 15, 2017 Issues: Cybersecurity

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the indictment of three Russian nationals and one Canadian national for breaches of Yahoo! beginning in 2014:

“Today’s indictment represents another important milestone in the evolution of international cybersecurity norms, and I commend the work of the dedicated attorneys and law enforcement officers at the Justice Department and FBI for pulling this complex case together. The breach of Yahoo! exposed hundreds of millions of users to the potential compromise of their accounts, and those responsible must face justice. U.S. cybersecurity investigators are continuing to hone their skills, and this indictment – and the pictures of the four charged individuals – again makes it clear that misdeeds in cyberspace will have consequences.

“This indictment also makes clear to world governments that they cannot hide their actions behind a veil of cyber mercenaries. Although the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agents did not steal the Yahoo! database directly, that does not indemnify them in any way from the orders they issued to the criminal hackers. Using criminals as instruments of state power is unacceptable. The indictment today underscores this point and further demonstrates the utility of bringing a diverse array of tools – from sanctions to criminal cases – to bear on cybersecurity incidents.”