A Russian man Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, a 30-year-old Russian hacker has pleaded not guilty in the US federal court. The hacker was accused of being responsible for hacks in 2011 that possibly compromised sensitive data of more than 100 million LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring users.
Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin has been held in the Czech Republic since he was arrested in Prague on October 5, 2016, by Interpol agents who were working together with FBI, and recently extradited to the US.
The hacker also was accused of stealing $3,450 via a website called WebMoney in 2009, in Russia. As a result, the Russian government issued an arrest warrant for Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin in November 2019 and started extradition battle between the US and Russia. However, the authorities in the Czech Republic ruled in favor of the USA and extradited the attacker there.
According to the Hacker News, Yevgeniy Aleksandrovic Nikulin in the US is accused of the following:
• 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
The maximum penalties include a maximum of 32 years in prison and a fine of $1 Million.
Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin was accused of allegedly hacking into machines that belonged to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring. The hacker gained access to LinkedIn’s network from March 3 to March 4, 2012; Dropbox online could storage from May 14 and July 25, 2012, and a new defunct social-networking firm Formspring from June 13 to June 29, 2012.
The attacker could possibly steal more than 117 million LinkedIn account details and about 68 million Dropbox users’ details. In addition, according to the authorities, the attacker worked with co-conspirators in order to sell stolen information.
Yevgeniy Aleksandrovic Nikulin has also been accused of allegedly gaining access to information and credentials of LinkedIn and Formspring employees, in order to perform mentioned computer hacks.
According to New York Times, the attacker appeared in Federal District Court in San Fransisco, California where was pleaded not guilty.
According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement:
This is deeply troubling behavior once again emanating from Russia. We will not tolerate criminal cyber-attacks and will make it a priority to investigate and prosecute these crimes, regardless of the country where they originate.