Who is the Dropbox and LinkedIn hacker?

United States authorities formally charged hacker Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, (29-year-old Russian citizen) with hacking services Dropbox, Formspring, and .

Nikulin was arrested in Prague, the Czech Republic on 5 October, following an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol. The news of his arrest was released only last week, and the authorities are allegedly waiting for a Czech court's decision to issue him in the United States.

According to the indictment, Nikulin violated all of the above , in the spring and summer of 2012. More specifically, he gained access to the Dropbox network from May 14, 2012 to July 25, 2012, to Formspring from June 13 to 29, 2012, and to LinkedIn, from March 3 to 4 of 2012.

Authorities say Nikulin was able to gain access to credentials belonging to on LinkedIn and Formspring, which he used for the hacks.

The hacker allegedly has intercepted data from 68 + millions of Dropbox users and over 117 million LinkedIn members.

After the data was intercepted, FBI researchers reported that the hacker had worked with at least three anonymous users to sell them on the black market.

Radio Free Europe highlights the costly lifestyle of Nikulin that funded by its hacking activities. The careless and eloquent hacker bought many luxury cars, expensive watches, and traveled all over Europe.

In an interview with the Russian AutoRambler, Nikulin admitted that he owns a Lamborghini Huracan, a Bentley, a Continental GT and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

US officials charge Nikulin with three counts of breaking into third-party computers, two counts of knowingly transmitting information and code, causing damage to a protected computer, two counts of grand larceny s, for trafficking in unauthorized access to computers, and for conspiracy.

The maximum penalties for each category could result in Nikulin up to 32 for years of imprisonment and fines over 1 million dollars.

Below is a video of Nikulin's arrest released by the Czech Republic after his arrest.


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