Application security, Breach, Threat Management, Data Security

Russian arrested by Czech officials allegedly tied to 2012 LinkedIn hack

The Russian man that Czech authorities arrested on Oct. 5 in collaboration with the FBI is allegedly connected to the 2012 breach of LinkedIn – an incident that rose to prominence in May 2016 when a bad actor began selling stolen credentials from 117 million LinkedIn accounts online.

"Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information, we have remained actively involved with the FBI's case to pursue those responsible. 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," LinkedIn said in a statement provided to

Through the state-run Russian news agency Tass, a Russian spokesperson said that the suspect, identified as Yevgeniy Nikulin, should be returned to his home country rather than face potential extradition to the U.S.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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