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Arrested Russian Hacker Allegedly Stole Bitcoins and Accounts from LinkedIn, Dropbox

According to U.S. officials, authorities arrested a man from Russia in Prague the capital of Czech Republic after being charged in California, USA for allegedly playing a role in cyber-attacks against Dropbox and LinkedIn.

The arrest of 29-yr-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin a Russian hacker took place while he was at an eatery for a meal. At first, officials disclosed Nikulin was suspected for being part of a huge data breach on LinkedIn wherein 117m A/Cs were seized during 2012 that were then posted to be sold during May 2016.

As per prosecutors, Nikulin is indicted with 3 instances of PC-hacks, 2 instances of deliberately sending over code, information and command that resulted in destruction of a protected PC, 2 instances of heavy ID-theft as well as 1 instance each of introducing conspiracy and illegal access devices. The penalty for Nikulin could be 30-yrs-or-more of imprisonment along with $1m-and-more in fine. Techworm.com posted this, October 26, 2016.

Officials are of the opinion that Nikulin had stolen the above stated online sites' user-accounts and attempted at trading them for a price of $6K. Moreover according to Tal Be'ery, security researcher at Microsoft in an interview with Security Week's Eduard Kovacs, he's sure Nikulin as well filched 620 Bitcoins. However, overall Be'ery's indication isn't directly clear.

Nikulin is as well accused of infiltrating the systems of 2 other firms Formspring and Dropbox as well as devising plots towards trading filched e-mail ids, passwords and usernames of Formspring users.

The arrest of Nikulin has already created an atmosphere of tension between Russia and USA. Tension between the two countries also exists after U.S blamed Russia for carrying out online hacks on the Democratic National Committee as well as other individuals and political organizations inside USA for playing hard on the upcoming election's outcome. However, according to Russia, this isn't true.

The law enforcement agency of USA has stated that the latest arrest didn't have any association with the mentioned online hacks.

After the tracking of the e-mail ids, investigators have found that both the theft as well as the hack is the work of a single individual -Mr. Nikulin.

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