A Russian hacker who was discovered guilty of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring above 8 a long time in the past has eventually been sentenced to 88 months in United States jail, which is more than 7 several years by a federal court docket in San Francisco this 7 days.
Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 32, of Moscow hacked into servers belonging to three American social media firms, like LinkedIn, Dropbox, and now-defunct social-networking firm Formspring, and stole information on over 200 million buyers.
Between March and July 2012, Nikulin hacked into the personal computers of LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, and put in malware on them, which allowed him to remotely down load consumer databases of over 117 Million LinkedIn users and additional than 68 Million Dropbox users.
In accordance to the prosecutor, Nikulin also worked with unnamed co-conspirators of a Russian-talking cybercriminal forum to market customer facts he stole as a final result of his hacks.
Aside from hacking into the 3 social media companies, Nikulin has also been accused of getting entry to LinkedIn and Formspring employees’ qualifications, which helped him have out the personal computer hacks.
“The Courtroom also observed that Automattic, dad or mum firm of WordPress.com, was the victim of an intrusion by defendant, although there was no evidence that defendant stole any consumer qualifications,” the Justice Department stated.
Nikulin was arrested in Prague on October 5, 2016, by Interpol brokers doing the job in collaboration with the FBI, and extradited to the United States in March 2018 after a long extradition battle between the U.S. and Russia.
In 2016, the hacker was charged with 9 felony counts of computer system intrusion, aggravated identity theft, creating destruction to a protected computer, trafficking in unauthorized entry products, and conspiracy.
On the other hand, after a extended delay of trials due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nikulin was uncovered responsible by a federal jury of the United States in early July this 12 months and was sentenced to 88 months in jail on September 29.
U.S. District Decide William H. Alsup convicted Nikulin of selling stolen usernames and passwords, setting up malware on secured personal computers, conspiracy, computer intrusion, and aggravated identity theft.
Prior to the sentencing listening to on September 29, federal prosecutors sought a sentence of 145 months in prison, that is over 12 many years in jail, a few decades of supervised launch, and restitution.
Nikulin has been in U.S. custody because his extradition from the Czech Republic and will be serving his sentence influence straight away.