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Suspect in 2012 Hack of LinkedIn Indicted By U.S. Jury

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A U.S. jury has indicted the 29-year-old Russian man accused of carrying out cyber-attacks against LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring.

Issued by a California federal grand jury, the indictment accuses Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin of Moscow of using malware to infect a LinkedIn employee’s computer so he could steal access to that person’s credentials. More than 117 million user passwords were then stolen as a result. He is also accused of going on to compromise Dropbox. The hacks were a bid to obtain credentials and perform identity theft.

He is also thought to have planned to traffic stolen Formspring (now known as Spring.me) credentials with a co-conspirator.

Nikulin was arrested in the Czech Republic last week. He was taken into custody by Czech police, which was working with Interpol and the FBI, after a hotel raid in central Prague Oct. 5.

Nikulin is still in the Czech Republic but, if he is found guilty of computer intrusion, causing damage, two counts of aggravated identity theft, conspiracy, and trafficking, he could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison.

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