Yahoo Attack Suspect Faces Extradition

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 05:08 PM gHale

A man arrested in Canada stands accused of carrying out attacks on Yahoo over two years waived his right to an extradition hearing Friday and U.S. marshals will soon take custody.

Karim Baratov, 22, an immigrant from Kazakhstan, ended up arrested on a U.S. warrant in March for hacking, commercial espionage and related crimes.

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A spokesman for his lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo said Baratov wants to speed up the process so he can address the charges.

Friday’s court hearing in Hamilton, Ontario, where Baratov signed the waiver, was “the last of the proceedings here in Canada and the rest will now continue with myself and (Karim’s) U.S. attorneys,” DiCarlo said.

U.S. officials said Russian intelligence agents hired Baratov and another hacker to carry out attacks on Yahoo from 2014 to 2016.

The data breach compromised 500 million Yahoo accounts and is one of the largest cyberattacks in history.

Targets included Russian and U.S. government officials, cyber security, diplomatic and military personnel, journalists, companies and financial firms.

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