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Fri May 31, 2019, 10:06 AM

Alleged Russian hacker (LinkedIn, Dropbox) Yevgeniy Nikulin back in court

Nikulin was first arrested in October 2016 on charges related to allegedly breaching a database of 117 million passwords from LinkedIn, Dropbox and other internet services. He was extradited to the U.S. from the Czech Republic last year following an international legal dispute in which the Russian government accused U.S. law enforcement of “hunting for Russian citizens across the world.”

Russian consulate officials met with Nikulin on multiple occasions without legal representation present, his attorney has told CyberScoop. What occurred during those meetings is not clear.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, computer intrusion and intentional transmission causing damage to a protected computer.

The next status conference is scheduled for June 11.

https://www.cyberscoop.com/yevginiy-nikulin-linkedin-hacker-trial-mental-illness/


Background:

....Nikulin was arrested in October 2016 on charges related to hacking into LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012, when he allegedly accessed a database containing some 117 million account passwords.

The username and password credentials Nikulin allegedly stole became public toward the end of May 2016, around the same time suspected Russian hackers breached DNC systems, according to national security journalist Marcy Wheeler. It’s possible hackers used some of those LinkedIn credentials to infiltrate DNC staffers’ accounts.

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U.S. attorneys have made no public connection between Nikulin’s case and any investigation into foreign interference into the 2016 presidential election.

A grand jury indicted Nikulin on charges of conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, computer intrusion and intentional transmission causing damage to a protected computer.

https://www.cyberscoop.com/yevgeniy-nikulin-linkedin-hacker-trial-delayed/

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