US hacker convicted of cybercrime

A federal court in the Northern District of California found guilty of cybercrime by Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, extradited from the Czech Republic to the United States. This was announced by Judge William Alsap in a broadcast in Zoom, reports TASS.

The measure of punishment is planned to be determined and announced on September 29 of this year.

The Russians were found guilty of all nine counts against him. However, the jury did not agree with the prosecutor’s allegations regarding the motives that the Russian could follow if he allegedly committed illegal entry into the computer systems of two American companies.

Arkady Bukh, Nikulin’s lawyer, said the defense intends to challenge the verdict. “We are definitely appealing. Already have an agreement with the family. Great injustice happened, ”he said. According to him, the psychiatrist, who was appointed by the judge, previously recognized the Russian as “mentally abnormal,” so there may be any additional arguments.

In 2018, Nikulin was sent for a medical examination, including a psychiatric examination. Doctors had to check if he could stand trial.

The Czech Republic extradited Nikulin to the United States at the end of March 2018. The police, in collaboration with the FBI, detained him in Prague on October 5, 2016. The Russians are accused of illegally gaining access to data from the LinkedIn social network and Dropbox and Formspring servers.

LinkedIn user identity theft occurred in June 2012. Then an anonymous cybercriminal posted on the Internet about 117 million passwords stolen by him. According to media reports, the hacker tried to sell the stolen information on the network for about 2.2 thousand dollars.