Russian hacker detained in Czech Republic was extradited to US

  • Roman Šulc
  • 3.4.2018 14:59

Russian national Yevgeniy Nikulin, accused of hacking attacks against several US companies, was extradited to be prosecuted in the US on 30 March. Nikulin was apprehended in the Czech Republic in October 2016 and his extradition was also sought by Russia, whose claim in this regard was supported by Czech President Milos Zeman.

Nikulin's case is currently not associated with the investigation of Russia's cyber meddling into the US presidential election, although he was arrested during the the climax of this process. In spite of this, and due to Nikulin's potential links to hackers in service of the Russian government, there could be further disclosure of new information relevant to the ongoing investigation led by the Robert Mueller into the Russian interference in the US pre-election activities  commission. Nikulin has denied the charges concerning hacking into the cyber infrastructure of companies like LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, and the theft of their clients' personal data.

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