Rus­sian in­dicted in US on charges of hack­ing LinkedIn

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Afed­eral grand jury in Cal­i­for­nia has in­dicted a Rus­sian man for hack­ing com­put­ers be­long­ing to LinkedIn Corp, Drop­box and Form spring, the US Jus­tice De­part­ment said on Fri­day.

Yev­geniy Nikulin was ar­rested on Oct. 5 by of­fi­cials in the Czech Repub­lic and re­mains in cus­tody in Prague, the Jus­tice De­part­ment said in a news re­lease.

LinkedIn said at the time of his ar­rest that it was re­lated to a 2012 breach at the so­cial net­work­ing com­pany that may have com­pro­mised cre­den­tials of 100 mil­lion users, prompt­ing a mas­sive pass­word re­set op­er­a­tion.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if US of­fi­cials had be­gun ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings to have Nikulin, who was in­dicted on Thurs­day by a fed­eral grand jury in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, brought to the United States to stand trial.

Ac­cord­ing to the DOJ, Nikulin is ac­cused of ac­cess­ing com­put­ers be­long­ing to LinkedIn, Drop­box and Form spring and ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion from them.

The US at­tor­ney’s of­fice could not im­me­di­ately be reached for fur­ther comment. It was not yet clear who would be rep­re­sent­ing Nikulin in the pro­ceed­ings.

He is also al­leged to have used cre­den­tials of LinkedIn and Form spring em­ploy­ees in con­nec­tion with the com­puter in­tru­sions. Fur­ther, Nikulin is al­leged to have en­gaged in a con­spir­acy with un­named co-con­spir­a­tors to traf­fic stolen Form spring user cre­den­tials.

The in­dict­ment charges Nikulin with three counts of com­puter in­tru­sion, two counts of in­ten­tional trans­mis­sion of in­for­ma­tion, code, or com­mand caus­ing dam­age to a pro­tected com­puter; two counts of ag­gra­vated iden­tity theft; one count of traf­fick­ing in unau­tho­rized ac­cess de­vices; and one count of con­spir­acy.

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