A Russian hacker has been sentenced in the US to more than seven years in prison for stealing the credentials of 117 million users from LinkedIn, Dropbox and the now defunct social networking site Formspring, federal prosecutors said.
Yevgeny Nikulin, 32, was found guilty following a six-day trial in San Francisco in July. The proceedings were allegedly related to one of the largest data breaches in US history.
Prosecutors said that while in Moscow, Nikulin hacked into the company’s computer networks and installed malicious software there, which allowed him to control them remotely and download user databases, including encrypted passwords.
He was arrested during a trip to the Czech Republic in 2016 and extradited to the United States.