Russian agents and two criminal hackers allegedly accessed at least 30 million user accounts through a spam campaign. The indictment unveiled on Wednesday in Washington, DC, links Russia's top spy agency to one of the largest online attacks in history which was carried out in 2014. Officials said that it was launched for both espionage purposes and financial gain.
The charges came amid a swirl of controversies relating to alleged Kremlin-backed hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible links between Russian figures and associates of U.S. President Donald Trump. This has given rise to uncertainty about whether Trump is willing to respond forcefully to any action by Moscow in cyberspace and elsewhere.