The most important development in the Yahoo hacking case has shocked the world. This renowned case that involved the hacking of almost 500 million Yahoo accounts had the law enforcement agencies on their tiptoes for quite a long time. Now a Canadian citizen named Karim Baratov aged 22 has pleaded guilty to aid some Russian Intelligence officials to hack Yahoo. Baratov has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and 8 attempts of aggravated identity theft.
Prosecutors believe that this hack involved FSB officers named Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin who used Baratov when a hack of mail accounts was required in interest to the FSB. His task in the Yahoo hacking case was to send those accounts’ passwords to Dokuchaev in exchange for money.
Baratov quoted in his testimony that he used advertisements on websites to offer his ‘services’. Once he was contacted by users through email addresses, he would use phishing attacks to take control over the relevant email accounts. The official summary issued in this case is as following:
According to his plea agreement, Baratov’s role in the charged conspiracy was to hack webmail accounts of individuals of interest to the FSB and send those accounts’ passwords to Dokuchaev in exchange for money. As alleged in the indictment, Dokuchaev, Sushchin, and Belan compromised Yahoo’s network and gained the ability to access Yahoo accounts. When they desired access to individual webmail accounts at a number of other internet service providers, such as Google and Yandex (based in Russia), Dokuchaev tasked Baratov to compromise such accounts.
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