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Russia Linked Hacker Jailed for Yahoo! Hack

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A Russia linked hacker has been jailed for the much-publicized Yahoo! hack. He was sentenced to five years in prison in the US for his hand in the massive data breach that was used to gain access to private emails.

Karim Baratov also agreed to pay restitution to his victims to the tune of $2.25 million. Baratov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and identity theft in November of last year according to the US Department of Justice.

Working with the Russian intelligence service, FSB, Baratov hacked several Google and Yandex email accounts. The same agents were also responsible for the Yahoo! hack in 2014 which compromised over 500 million accounts. Baratov was accused of sending phishing emails to different accounts and tricking users into handing over their usernames and passwords.

The Yahoo! hacking case is the largest ever handled by US prosecutors and one of the largest in the world. It further damaged the reputation of a former tech titan that was now less than a hundredth of the size of its competitor, Google.

Baratov was labeled an International Hacker for Hire by the prosecutors who said he worked at the whim of Dmitry Dokuchaev, an officer at the FSB.

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