He possibly compromised more than 100 million user accounts and he was charged for three counts of computer intrusion, two counts of causing damage to a protected computer, two counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of trafficking and one count of conspiracy.
Nikulin’s layer’s argued that his case was politically motivated. Russia issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Nikulin in November 2016 for stealing $3,450 via WebMoney. His case turned into being a battle between Russia and United States.
29 year old Russian hacker Nikulin was arrested on Oct 5, 2016, by officials in the Czech Republic and he was accused by US Department of Justice for hacking computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring and obtaining information from them.
He gained access LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring during the time period of 2012-2013. If he gets convicted he could be sentenced for more than 30 years and penalize more than 1 million.
“This is deeply troubling behavior once again emanating from Russia,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “We will not tolerate criminal cyber attacks and will make it a priority to investigate and prosecute these crimes, regardless of the country where they originate.
“We have every reason to believe and expect that Mr. Nikulin will be extradited to America says” Paul D. Rya, also he added the “United States has the case to prevail on having him extradited, whether it’s the severity of the crime”.