Russia’s war in Ukraine is being waged on several levels and dimensions. One of them, of great importance, is that of espionage; specifically that of cyber espionage, in which the Russian army has shown, over the last few years, to be a very advanced power, with attacks against all kinds of people, companies, structures and governments all over the world. Ukraine, predictably, has also been the scene of a multitude of cyber attacks since the beginning – and also in the previous weeks – of the invasion by Vladimir Putin’s troops.
In this context, the US State Department on Tuesday offered a $10 million reward for information about six agents of the Russian Armed Forces intelligence services for their involvement in a 2017 cyberattack against US infrastructures.
The agents are identified in the official US note as Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin.
Washington accuses them of having participated “in a conspiracy that deployed malicious software (…) for Russia’s strategic benefit through unauthorized access” to the computers of the victim companies.
Its cyberattack, launched in June 2017 with the program known as NotPelya, damaged the computers of hospitals and medical centers in the Heritage Valley health system in western Pennsylvania, as well as a large U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer.
The losses caused by this attack were $1 billion.
All of the defendants work for the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Board of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.