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Russian internet giant confirms cyberattack, says no damage done

SOFWERX hosted a Cyber Capability Expo at their newest facility in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 19, 2017. The expo sought to identify novel, new and provocative cyber technologies to meet current and future special operations forces requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Barry Loo)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russia’s largest Internet company by value confirmed it was subject to a cyberattack at the end of last year but said no user data was compromised.

Yandex, sometimes called Russia’s Google, said June 27 it caught the attack at an early stage and “neutralized” it before any damage could be done.

While major Internet companies are regularly subject to cyberattacks, Reuters reported this particular hack was undertaken by individuals working for Western intelligence agencies.

The hackers installed a rare type of malware used by Western intelligence agencies in an attempt to spy on users, Reuters reported, citing unidentified sources. U.S. security agencies declined to comment.

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Moscow-based Yandex is publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York.

The report is the second this month of alleged Western cyberattacks against Russia. The New York Times reported June 15 that the United States has been carrying out digital incursion of Russia’s electric power grid.

The United States last year accused Russia of a series of digital incursions against U.S. critical infrastructure, including power plants.

Earlier this year, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, including hacking into computers.