Czech police arrest Russian hacker suspected of cyberattacks in US

Czech police arrest Russian hacker suspected of cyberattacks in US

In a Wednesday disclosure, officials of the Czech police said that they have arrested a Russian hacker who is suspected to be the man behind cyberattacks in the US. The hacker had allegedly compromised the personal data of millions of users of the LinkedIn social network for professionals in 2012.

The hacker arrested by the Czech police - at a hotel in Prague on October 5 - is a Russian citizen whom the law enforcement officials have identified as Yevgeniy Nikulin.

According to the Czech police officials, Interpol had issued an international warrant for the Russian hacker. The officials also said that the Czech police cooperated with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, to arrest the hacker on account of charges related to the 2012 LinkedIn data breach.

Following the Czech police's disclosure of the arrest of the Russian hacker, LinkedIn issued a statement issued on Wednesday the arrest was linked to the 2012 breach of the personal information of its users.

LinkedIn said that, after the 2012 data breach, the company has "remained actively involved with the FBI's case to pursue those responsible," and added: "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."