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Alleged Yahoo Hacker Will Be Extradited To The US (tucson.com) 45

An anonymous reader quotes the AP: A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others, including two alleged officers of Russia's Federal Security Service. They are accused of computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

An extradition hearing for the 22-year-old Baratov had been scheduled for early September, but he signed documents before a Canadian judge Friday agreeing to waive it. His lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, said that does not amount to an admission of guilt... U.S. law enforcement officials call Baratov a "hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, considered the successor to the KGB of the former Soviet Union.

Yahoo also believes that attack -- which breached at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014 -- was perpetrated by "a state-sponsored actor." The CBC reports that Baratov lives alone in a large, new house in an expensive subdivision. "His parents either bought him the house," one neighbor told the CBC, "or he's getting money somewhere else, because he doesn't seem to work all day; he just drives up and down the street."

The CBC also reports that Baratov's Facebook page links to a Russian-language site "which claims to offer a number of services, including servers for rent in Russia, protection from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and domain names in China."
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Alleged Yahoo Hacker Will Be Extradited To The US

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  • Maybe a deal? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by chispito ( 1870390 )
    Perhaps he is looking to make some kind of deal, or maybe Russia is looking to make some kind of exchange with the US. Although, if it's a deal he's looking to make, I'd be careful what I drink if I were him.
    • If he was really working for the Russians perhaps he is afraid his former employers are going to try and clean house to cover their tracks? Wouldn't be the first myserious death invovling them. That might be a powerful motivator for him to play ball with the US to try and get a deal and some protection.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Now that doesn't sound like made up BS does it... The media is really scraping the barrel here. Just because someone has a nice house it does not equal criminal activity.

    • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Sunday August 20, 2017 @07:08PM (#55054183) Journal

      A guy with no significant source of income brags online about how loaded he is. Yeah, that never raises a red flag.

      • A guy with no significant source of income brags online about how loaded he is. Yeah, that never raises a red flag.

        That might work in the USA though. The CIA apparently didn't pay a lot of attention when (now convicted spy) Aldrich Ames suddenly was rolling in money and living a pretty extravagant lifestyle way beyond his pay grade. He said that his wife's family basically gave them the money but still it took years before anybody in the CIA could be bothered to look into it and even once they started looking, there were various other delays in the process.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's not just a "nice house" it's a house worth over a million dollar. Multiple 100k+ cars. He would eat at $600 steak joints and the list goes on. All that when he's only 22yo and has no significant sources of income. Any one of what I just mentioned would raise a red flag. All of those things combined, even more so.

  • U.S. law enforcement officials call Baratov a "hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, considered the successor to the KGB of the former Soviet Union.

    To be perfectly honest, it sounds like the FBI is mad that Baratov is not working for them. I'm no fan of state-sponsored hackers but honestly, our own government has no moral standing to denounce hackers anywhere.

    • yeah ok ivan
    • The US was certainly capable of identifying him and have him detained in another country. Evidently he wasn't smart enough to conduct business while remaining anonymous so why would the FBI want him?

  • American kangaroo courts are notoriously unconcerned with justice, and our country's Gulag is surpassed only by Stalin's original. Why do other countries continue to allow extradition to the United States?

  • He will be charged, plead guilty, sit in jail for a week and be quietly traded to Russia for some poor bastard US citizen or diplomat that the FSB scoops off the street in Moscow. He knows this and would rather not draw out the process...

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