FBI arrests Russian hacker behind 117M LinkedIn 2012 Breach

The alleged LinkedIn hacker was arrested in a restaurant while ordering food — The video of his arrest has been linked in this article.

The local law enforcement authorities in Prague along with the help of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have arrested an alleged Russian hacker responsible for the massive LinkedIn data breach in 2012 in which account details of 117 million users was stolen and leaked online in May 2016.

Reuters reported that the hacker is 29-year-old Yevgeniy N who was arrested on 5th October under the suspicion of taking part in one of the largest data breaches that affected millions of users including job seekers worldwide. The intensity of this breach was so much that several hacking groups started buying the LinkedIn data and use stolen passwords to further hack user accounts on social media including Twitter accounts of Google CEO Mr. Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg.

LinkedIn, on the other hand, has released a statement of thanks to the authorities and revealed that the company was actively involved during the whole process.

“Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information, we have remained actively involved with the FBI’s case to pursue those responsible,” LinkedIn said in the statement. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the FBI in its efforts to locate and capture the parties believed to be responsible for this criminal activity.”

In May this year, a hacker going by the online handle of Peace_of_Mind was found selling the stolen LinkedIn data from 2012 on a darknet marketplace however at this time it is unclear if Yevgeniy N is Peace_of_Mind or not. Remember, Peace_of_Mind was also selling 200 million Yahoo, 427 Million MySpace, 1.1 million Lookbook.nu and 100 Million Russian VK.com accounts.

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In case if the arrested hacker is Peace_of_Mind this will be a jackpot for the authorities.

Stay tuned.

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