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Russian hacker guilty of Dropbox, LinkedIn, Formspring hacks

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Ο Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin found guilty by a jury for infringement LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring in 2012 and for sale of databases (with service user data) on the black market.

The jury's verdict was handed down on Friday during the first trial in California since the coronation pandemic began.Mesures COVID-19).

The three violations on LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring

According to court documents and evidence data presented at trial, Nikulin hacked all three companies in the spring of 2012.

The Russian hacker violated it for the first time LinkedIn between March 3 and March 4, 2012. The attacker infected an employee's laptop with malicious software and managed to abuse it VPN of the employee. So he managed to get it access inside network of LinkedIn.

Nikulin stole about 117 million user data, which included usernames, passwords and e-mail.

LinkedIn

The Russian hacker then used LinkedIn data to send spear-phishing emails to employees of other companies, including people working in dropbox. In this way, he managed to infringe an Dropbox employee account and then invite himself to a Dropbox folder that included data the company's.

The Russian hacker was on the company's network from May 14 to July 25, 2012, and authorities say Nikulin was able to steal information 68 of millions of users (usernames, email and hashed passwords).

Dropbox Russian hacker

Later, Nikulin also gained access to account one Formspring engineer (June 13 to June 29, 2012), which gave him access to the company's internal database (included 30 million user data).

Subsequently, sold data in underground markets for hackers to be bought by other cyber criminals. The data appeared on the internet in 2015 and 2016.

Formspring Russian hacker

Arrest, extradition and trial in the USA

The authorities An investigation was launched when the three companies filed complaints in 2015. The hacker was arrested a year later, in October 2016, while on holiday in Prague with his girlfriend.

An editorial Radio Free Europe, published in 2016, had pointed out Nikulin excessive lifestyle, offered to him by hacking his activities. His lifestyle included a lot luxury cars, expensive watches and travel throughout Europe.

In the summer of 2017, the hacker was finally sent to USA, where he was charged before a judge.

Since 2017, the Russian hacker has been imprisoned. During this time, he changed lawyers several times, refused to cooperate with the authorities, was transferred to many different prisons and was examined by psychologists by a court decision.

The trial was originally scheduled for early 2020, but was postponed twice due to the coronation pandemic.

During the trial, which took place under special circumstances and with many protective measures, Nikulin denied his guilt. However, the jurors judged him hacker guilty after six hours of deliberations.

Nikulin's sentence is scheduled for September 29, 2020.

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