He pleaded guilty.
The San Francisco court sentenced Karim Baratov, a 23-year-old Canadian citizen, to five years’ imprisonment. He was found guilty of hacking Yahoo’s accounts in 2014 under the leadership of Russian special services, The Wall Street Journal reported .
Baratov pleaded guilty. He also has to pay a fine of $ 250 thousand dollars. He is the only hacker who was charged with involvement in hacking accounts of three billion Yahoo users.
The prosecution insisted on an eight-year term. Prior to the verdict, Baratov said that he did not realize the amount of damage from his actions.
The last 14 months have become humiliating and shocking for me. I did not know how much harm and problems I could bring. My actions have no excuses.
US authorities believe that Baratov was involved with Yahoo’s hacking not directly, but through cooperation with Russian special services in the framework of “a more extensive operation to collect information.” He is considered to be involved in hacking more than 11 thousand accounts from 2010 to 2017. About 80 of them are linked to cyberattacks on Yahoo.
According to CTV News, in 2014 Baratov met with two employees of the Russian Federal Security Service. The investigation believes that the actions of the hacker against Yahoo was exactly Russian intelligence. Baratov received Canadian citizenship in 2008. He was arrested in 2017.
Stealing passwords, which accuse Baratov, occurred in late 2014, but Yahoo reportedit only in September 2016. In December 2016, it became known about the leak of another billion passwords, the theft of which occurred in 2013. Data leaks have reduced the cost of Yahoo, in recent months being in the process of selling to the telecommunications giant Verizon.
In addition to Baratov, the charges of Yahoo’s hacking were brought against two former officers of the FSB Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, as well as the hacker Eugene Belan, whom the US was wanted for cybercrime against three IT companies.