1 min read

Hacker accused of Linkedin, Dropbox and Formspring breaches indicted by FBI

Luana PASCU

October 24, 2016

Hacker accused of Linkedin, Dropbox and Formspring breaches indicted by FBI

The Russian hacker arrested in Prague early this month is waiting to be extradited to the US for trial in federal court. When news of his arrest went public, the media accused him of potential involvement in the cyberattacks allegedly launched by the Russian government against the US.

However, no comment has been made on that. He was indicted by the FBI “for obtaining information from computers, causing damage to computers, trafficking in access devices, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy.”

29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin is in the custody of Prague police and is allegedly behind the LinkedIn, Formspring and Dropbox data breaches of 2012. The Russian national, together with three accomplices, allegedly stole some 68 million user credentials from Dropbox, 117 million from LinkedIn and 420,000 hashed passwords were leaked from Formspring with intent to traffic stolen credentials. After allegedly infecting an employee”s computer with malware to steal the user”s credentials, it was not difficult for the man to break into the LinkedIn network, authorities say.

Once he allegedly carried out the cyberattacks, the man lived an extravagant life in Europe, purchasing expensive cars and living in luxury hotels. If found guilty, he faces 32 years in prison and more than $1million in fines.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

Watch Out for These Ongoing Bank of America Phishing Campaigns Targeting Customers in the US

Watch Out for These Ongoing Bank of America Phishing Campaigns Targeting Customers in the US

July 16, 2021

3 min read
How to protect yourself against cyberstalking

How to protect yourself against cyberstalking

July 06, 2021

2 min read
The Top Five Security Risks Smartphone Users Face Today

The Top Five Security Risks Smartphone Users Face Today

July 02, 2021

4 min read
Phishing Alert: Scammers Use Fake SharePoint and DocuSign Messages to Steal Users’ Login Credentials

Phishing Alert: Scammers Use Fake SharePoint and DocuSign Messages to Steal Users’ Login Credentials

July 02, 2021

3 min read
Your Doxxing Dossier Will Keep Growing Thicker Until You See the Danger

Your Doxxing Dossier Will Keep Growing Thicker Until You See the Danger

June 30, 2021

2 min read
Mobile security threats: reality or myth?

Mobile security threats: reality or myth?

June 13, 2021

3 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Fraud Family cybercrime ring under the spotlight as arrests made in the Netherlands Fraud Family cybercrime ring under the spotlight as arrests made in the Netherlands
Graham CLULEY

July 23, 2021

3 min read
Homoglyph domains used in BEC scams shut down by Microsoft Homoglyph domains used in BEC scams shut down by Microsoft
Graham CLULEY

July 22, 2021

3 min read
China Sets Up New Worrying Vulnerability Disclosure Rules China Sets Up New Worrying Vulnerability Disclosure Rules
Silviu STAHIE

July 20, 2021

1 min read