Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin was found guilty of nine felony counts of computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, causing damage to a protected computer, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, and conspiracy. The Russian hacker was sentenced to over seven years in prison by a federal jury on September 29th. Nikulin hacked into LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring over eight years ago. Using malware, he remotely downloaded user databases of over 117 million LinkedIn users and more than 68 million Dropbox users. Nikulin was arrested in Prague on October 5, 2016, by Czech law enforcement based on an Interpol red notice and working in collaboration with the FBI. He was extradited to the United States in March 2018 after a long extradition battle between the U.S. and Russia. During the trial, US officials revealed that they had interviewed Nikita Kislitsin, one of Nikulin’s hacking colleagues in Moscow. Kislitsin told US officials that Nikulin’s hacking skills were well known, and described him as the “Putin of the hacking world.” Kislitsin was also indicted by a US court, and later went on to work for the prominent Moscow-based cybersecurity company Group-IB.
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