The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with breaking into computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring. On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin following his arrest by Czech police in Prague on Oct. 5. LinkedIn has said that Nikulin was involved in the 2012 breach of the company that stole details from over 167 million accounts. However, a U.S. court filing unsealed on Friday only gave limited details on Nikulin's alleged crimes. In March 2012, he hacked a computer belonging to a LinkedIn employee for the purpose of financial gain, federal prosecutors claim. Nikulin also allegedly targeted Formspring, which has now become a portal for dating service Twoo.
The US justice system has indicted a Russian citizen for allegedly performing cyberattacks against LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring. Unsealed on Friday, the indictment, issued by a federal grand jury in Oakland, California, alleges that Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin of Moscow, Russia, is responsible for a series of attacks on the professional networking service LinkedIn and cloud storage provider Dropbox. Nikulin also apparently targeted Formspring, a social networking service now known as Spring.me. LinkedIn was the target of a 2012 data breach leading to the theft of data from over 160 million accounts, and while the US has only released limited details on what police claim are Nikulin's crimes, law enforcement says that the Russian citizen used malware to compromise a LinkedIn employee's PC and steal access credentials. Following on from this attack, Nikulin allegedly turned his attention to Dropbox.
The Czech Republic has extradited Russian national Yevgeniy Nikulin to the United States, where he's accused of several hacking attempts dating back to 2012. A US federal grand jury had indicted him in 2016 for breaking into DropBox, Formspring and LinkedIn. The latter breach potentially exposed the information of 100 million of users. US prosecutors had been vying with Russia to extradite Nikulin ever since the FBI cooperated with Czech authorities to arrest him in 2016. After he was taken into custody, a court in Moscow issued its own arrest warrant for allegedly electronically stealing several thousand dollars within Webmoney back in 2009.
A Russian man accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring in 2012 and possibly compromising personal details of over 100 million users, has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court after being extradited from the Czech Republic. Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 30, of Moscow was arrested in Prague on October 5, 2016, by Interpol agents working in collaboration with the FBI, but he was recently extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic on Thursday for his first appearance in federal court. Nikulin's arrest started an extradition battle between the United States and Russia, where he faces significantly lesser criminal charges of stealing $3,450 via Webmoney in 2009. But the Czech Republic ruled in favor of the United States. In the U.S., Nikulin is facing: 3 counts of computer intrusion 2 counts of intentional transmission of information, code, or command causing damage to a protected computer 2 counts of aggravated identity theft 1 count of trafficking in unauthorized access devices 1 count of conspiracy According to the maximum penalties for each count, Nikulin faces a maximum of 32 years in prison and a massive fine of more than $1 Million.