Westinghouse Among Targets of Russian Hackers

Pittsburgh Cyber-Security Unit To Prosecute Case

Joe DeStio
October 04, 2018 - 12:55 pm
 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh will prosecute the indictment of seven Russian military intelligence officers announced  by the Justice Department.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh will prosecute the indictment of seven Russian military intelligence officers announced  by the Justice Department. The Cyber-National Security Section in the Pittsburgh office helped to crack the case. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady was in Washington, D.C. to assist in making the announcement.

“The defendants are charged with engaging in a lengthy and wide-ranging  conspiracy to hack into private computers and networks around the world,” according to Brady.

The Pittsburgh office has one of the top cyber-security sections in the country.

Justice Department officials say the Russian military intelligence agency, known as GRU, targeted anti-doping agencies because they had supported a ban on Russian athletes in international sports competitions. The agencies had condemned Russian state-sponsored doping of its athletes.

Brady says Westinghouse was targeted for selling nuclear fuel to Ukraine. According to Brady, one of the defendants, “sent spear-fishing emails to specific employees of Westinghouse in an effort to trick them to providing their log-in credentials, which would enable him to gain access to their personal email accounts and ultimately Westinghouse’s network.”

A statement from Westinghouse says, “We have found no evidence that the phishing campaigns against employees to breach Westinghouse’s systems were successful.” The company says it is cooperating with the Department of Justice.

Three of the seven Russians were previously charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

Despite the difficulty of ever making an apprehension in the case, Brady says. “We seek to arrest those who break the law. In this case we want to bring them to Pittsburgh We want them to stand trial and we want to put them in jail.”