In the fall of 2018, the hackers distributed a type of malware called Reign, linked to "Five Eyes", an intelligence sharing alliance consisting of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is unclear which of these countries is behind the breach, though. A Yandex spokesman told Reuters that the hack was discovered early and that no user data was compromised, but Reuters & # 39; sources claim that the hackers had access to Yandex's research and development unit for at least several weeks.
As notes Reuters & # 39; notes, Western cyber attacks against Russia are rarely recognized, but earlier this month, we learned that the United States planted malware in Russia's power grid. Last year, a few months before the alleged Yandex hack, the United States lifted its online crime and promised to take a more aggressive approach to online threats. Even the private company Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Alphabet, experimented with hiring a Russian troll just to see if it could. In these cases, some feared the United States, may provoke more digital aggression from Russia. This Yandex break could add to these fears.