The Czech Republic has extradited a Russian national, Yevgeniy Nikulin to the United States, where he’s accused of hacking attempts in the U.S. since 2012. A federal grand jury indicted him in 2016 for breaking into Dropbox, Formspring and LinkedIn. .
Russian Hacker Extradited to U.S. by Czech Republic.
American prosecutors had been vying with Russia to extradite Nikulin ever since the FBI cooperated with Czech authorities to arrest him in 2016. After he was arrested in The Czech Republic, a court in Moscow issued its own arrest warrant for allegedly electronically stealing several thousand dollars within Webmoney back in 2009 to get him back to Russia. The Czech president, Milos Zeman predictably called for Nikulin to be handed back to Russia, but the country’s Justice Minister Robert Pelikan instead chose to send him to the US.
Nikulin is now in transit to the U.S. to stand trial. At this time it’s unclear what additional charges he may face. It’s not often the the U.S. receives cooperation from foreign governments like this so hopefully this is a possible hint that things may change in the future. We’ll see.
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