(RTTNews.com) – A Canadian citizen who conspired and helped the Russian spy agency FSB pleaded guilty to a mbadive Yahoo hack in 2014, the US Department of Justice said in a statement. a statement .
Karim Baratov, 22, pleaded guilty to charges returned by a grand jury in the Northern District of California in February 2017.
Baratov and three other defendants, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service or FSB , accused of hacking and other criminal offenses in connection with a conspiracy to access the Yahoo network that exposed up to 500 million accounts.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente of the Division of National Security, US Attorney Brian Stretching for the Northern District of California and Deputy Executive Director Paul Abbate of the Criminal, Cybernetic, Response Branch and FBI Services.
According to prosecutors, FSB official Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin led the hack and hired Baratov.
According to his plea agreement, Baratov's role in the conspiracy was to hack email accounts of individuals of interest to the FSB and send the pbadwords of those accounts to Dokuchaev in exchange for money. As alleged in the Indictment, three others compromised Yahoo's network and gained the ability to access Yahoo accounts. When they wanted to access individual webmail accounts at several other Internet service providers, such as Google and Yandex (based in Russia), Dokuchaev instructed Baratov to endanger those accounts.
The agency noted that Baratov not only admitted to having pirated. activities on behalf of their conspirators in the FSB, but also to hack more than 11,000 webmail accounts in total on behalf of the FSB conspirators and other clients from 2010 until their arrest in March 2017 by the Canadian authorities.
According to his testimony, Baratov publicized his services on websites in Russian. He admitted that he generally intimidated his victims, sending them emails from accounts that he established that seemed to belong to the webmail provider that hosted the victim's account.
As part of the plea agreement, in addition to any prison sentence, Baratov agreed to pay restitution to its victims and pay a fine of up to $ 2,250,000 or $ 250,000 per charge, with any badets left over after satisfying an award of restitution.
Baratov suspended extradition from Canada and is being held in California without bail.
The Baratov sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 20, 2018, before the Honorable Vincent Chhabria, Judge of the United States District Court, in San Francisco.
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