Canadian Hacker Pleads Guilty In Massive 2014 Yahoo Hack

Karim Baratov a Hamilton man charged in the Yahoo hack has pleaded guilty to nine charges against him in a San Francisco court

A Canadian man entered a guilty plea Tuesday to various charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that US authorities said involved at least two Russian spies and more than half a billion user accounts.

Though the U.S. government had previously charged individual Russian hackers with cybercrime, this was the first criminal case to name as defendants sitting members of the Russian Federal Security Service for hacking charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and to eight counts of aggravated identity theft. The defendant, 22 year-old Karim Baratov, is the only arrest to come out of the Yahoo hack as the three other individuals facing charges live in Russian Federation, which obviously has no interest in extraditing them to the United States.

Baratov, who appeared in a San Francisco federal court yesterday, is the only individual to have been arrested in connection with this hack.

The hearing on sentencing is scheduled for February 20.

Two of the men indicted with have been identified as operatives in Russia's spy agency, the FSB, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin. As alleged in the Indictment, other three compromised Yahoo's network and gained the ability to access Yahoo accounts.

Baratov's lawyers told reporters outside court that their client hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach.

Baratov was born in Kazakhstan and was arrested in Canada in March at the request of USA prosecutors.

According to his testimony, Baratov advertised his services on Russian-language websites.

Baratov waived extradition from Canada and is being detained in California without bail.

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