The Russian Hacker Arrested in Prague is Allegedly Behind the LinkedIn Breach

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A Russian-national hacker in Prague has been arrested by the Czech police in a cooperative effort with the FBI. The accused hacker is said to be behind the comprehensive LinkedIn breach of 2012 which saw the compromise of some 100 million users’ information.

A Russian citizen suspected of being involved in the 2012 LinkedIn breach has been arrested in Prague. While the arrest took place earlier this month, it has only been announced now for “tactical reasons”.

Born in 1987, Yevgeniy N was arrested on October 5 at a central Prague hotel. Prior to the arrest, a “red notice” was issued by Interpol to apprehend the accused, who now faces extradition to the United States.

In a statement of its own, the FBI revealed that the man was “suspected of conducting criminal activities against US interests”.

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The LinkedIn breach was confirmed by the business networking social media giant in May 2016, pointing back to the 2012 incident. At the time, it was believed that credentials and details of 6.5 million LinkedIn user accounts were compromised. However, the stolen credentials numbered to nearly 117 million records in total, put up for sale on a dark web marketplace by a notorious hacker named “Peace’.

In a statement, LinkedIn said:

Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information, we have remained actively involved with the FBI’s case to purse those responsible.

We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the FBI in its efforts to locate and capture the parties believed to be responsible for this criminal activity.

Meanwhile, Russian state news agency Tass reported quotes from Russian embassy spokesman Andrei Kolmakov in Prague, who sought for the arrested hacker to be handed over to Russia instead.

The embassy official said:

Russia repudiates Washington’s policy of imposing its extraterritorial jurisdiction on all countries. We insist that the detainee is handed over to Russia.

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