Russian Man Faces Hacking Charges

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 04:10 PM gHale

A Russian national arrested in early October by Czech police is now facing charges in the United States for hacking into LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, officials said.

Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 29, of Moscow, Russia, ended up arrested by Czech authorities October 5.

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LinkedIn officials said the law enforcement operation, carried out in cooperation with the FBI, was actually connected to the breach suffered by the social media company in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Nikulin had been charged by a federal grand jury in Oakland, CA, with nine counts related to obtaining information from computers, causing damage to computers, trafficking in access devices, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy.

Nikulin, officials said, was not only involved in the LinkedIn breach, but also the 2012 attacks on Dropbox and Formspring.

The Dropbox hack, carried out after an employee’s credentials ended up stolen, affected more than 68 million accounts, but the full extent of the incident has just come to light. In terms of the social Q&A site Formspring, hackers leaked 420,000 hashed passwords back in 2012, which triggered a password reset on all user accounts.

According to the DoJ, LinkedIn and Formspring were also breached after hackers obtained employee credentials. Authorities said Nikulin conspired with others to sell the information stolen from Formspring.

Nikulin is currently in custody in the Czech Republic and the United States hopes to extradite him.

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