Russian Hacker Arrested in Prague Tied to 2012 LinkedIn Breach – Moscow Wants Him Back
Earlier this month, the FBI in collaboration with the Czech police arrested a Russian national in Prague. The Russian hacker is now alleged to be the one involved in the hacking of LinkedIn in 2012, that resulted in massive data dumps in the dark web.
Czech police announced that they had arrested a Russian citizen suspected of launching cyber attacks on the United states. The announcement came after the US accused the Russian government of hacking election offices and political organizations to influence the 2016 US Presidential election. Many had believed that the accused was connected to the election hacks. However, the 29-year-old is now suspected of hacking LinkedIn in 2012 that exposed data of nearly 117 million users. The latest information comes from LinkedIn itself, which released the following statement:
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.
Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information, we have remained actively involved with the FBI's case to pursue those responsible.
Russian hacker suspected of LinkedIn breach, not election hacks
Identified as Yevgeniy N, a US official confirmed to Reuters that the suspect is not believed to be linked to the political hacks. The Czech police had arrested Yevgeniy on October 5 in Prague.
Earlier this year, hackers known online as "Peace" and "Tessa88" offered to sell the LinkedIn data of 167 million emails and hashed passwords, including 117 million cracked passwords. The data was put on sale in the dark web for 5 Bitcoins ($2,200).
It is still unclear if the arrested Russian hacker is indeed the one behind the alias "Peace," who dumped the hacked data on the dark web. If he indeed is the same person, then the FBI would be having a field day as "Peace" is also involved in several other hacks. Peace sold leaked data of some of the mega breaches, including MySpace, Tumblr, VK.com and others on the dark web.
Czech authorities have now to take the decision if they will extradite the suspect to the United States. Russian Tass and RIA Novosti news agencies are reporting that Moscow is trying to get the hacker back in Russia. Prague’s Russian embassy spokesperson, Alexey Kolmakov said "Russia repudiates Washington’s policy of imposing its extraterritorial jurisdiction on all countries. We insist that the detainee is handed over to Russia."