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Sally Yates is set to give bombshell testimony about Michael Flynn and Russia – here’s what to expect – Business Insider

GOOGLE NEWS Sally Yates. Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates will testify at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Monday about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Yates, who was fired from her position as acting attorney after refusing to enforce President Donald Trump’s first immigration order in January, will be interviewed by the subcommittee on crime and terrorism about reports that she warned the White House in January about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contact with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. Yates is expected to publicly confirm those reports for the first time — and deliver...

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The Yahoo hack is the clearest sign yet that Russia has merged criminal hacking with a larger mission – Business Insider

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of receiving credentials from foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin in Moscow Russia, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Maxim Shipenkov/AP Two Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers were indicted Wednesday for what the Justice Department said amounted to directing and facilitating a massive hack on Yahoo in 2014 that compromised roughly 500 million accounts using a relatively simple method of attack. The indictment was the first time the US had charged Russian government officials with cyber crimes, offering the clearest sign yet that Russian intelligence officials are recruiting people to engage in criminal hacking — both for personal financial gain and to spy on targets ranging from Russian journalists to private-sector employees in the American financial and transportation sectors. From the Department of Justice indictment: “The defendants [Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, of the FSB, and Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan and Karim Baratov] used unauthorized access to Yahoo’s systems to steal information from about at least 500 million Yahoo accounts and then used some of that stolen information to obtain unauthorized access to the contents of accounts at Yahoo, Google and other webmail providers, including accounts of Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and private-sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies. One of the defendants also exploited his access to Yahoo’s network for his personal financial gain, by searching Yahoo user communications for credit card and...

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