Russian accused of LinkedIn hack extradited to US

Russian accused of LinkedIn hack extradited to US
© Getty Images

A Russian hacker accused of breaching LinkedIn and other U.S. companies in 2012 has been extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic, according to reports. 

A spokesman for the Czech Justice Ministry confirmed to Reuters that Yevgeniy Nikulin, the Russian suspect, had been extradited to face hacking charges in the U.S.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Justice Ministry did not immediately return a request from The Hill for confirmation. 

The Justice Department indicted Nikulin in October 2016 for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, a now-defunct social networking site, in 2012.

Authorities in the Czech Republic arrested Nikulin earlier that same month, in cooperation with the FBI. Authorities have been weighing the United States' extradition request with one from Russia, which wanted him extradited on separate charges dating back to 2009.

The decision comes days after House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) said during a trip to Prague that he hoped Nikulin would eventually be extradited.

Nikulin is accused of hacking computers belonging to the San Francisco-based companies and stealing user names, email addresses and passwords. He allegedly later attempted to sell the information stolen from Formspring. The breach compromised the emails and passwords of 117 million LinkedIn users. 

According to CNN, Nikulin arrived in the U.S. overnight and is expected to appear in federal court in San Francisco.

The charges he faces include computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, trafficking in unauthorized access devices and conspiracy.