PITY ALLEGED LINKEDIN HACKER Yevgeniy Nikulin. He is currently facing extradition requests from both the USA and Russia, suggesting that he is doomed for Putin or Trump style punishment.
Nikulin is suspected of hacking LinkedIn, which is a glue-like social network for businesses and business people. If you are not on it, someone has probably still tried to connect you to it. If you are on it, you were probably hacked when it was. A lot of people were.
Nikulin was eventually pinched for being the apparent kingpin of the hack in 2016 at a hotel in Prague. He immediately collapsed, put in an ambulance and arrested anyway. We didn't know his name then, but we knew that the Czech law people thought that he might have been responsible for the 2012 hack and that he was detained for 12 hours.
It may have been longer than that. A report on the Guardian says that the country to which he should be extradited is still under discussion. Actually, it is apparently under hard debate because it is between the Putin-led Russia and the Trumpeting USA.
It is well known, we assume, that the two countries do not get on for a number of reasons. Each has been on the international stage version of Jeremy Kyle to say that they feel the other has been snooping on them and hacking them, repeatedly.
LinkedIn is a US company, but Nikulin is a Russian citizen, so we can see why both countries would have an interest, and we can see why they might choose to argue over something like this.
Russia followed the US extradition request with one of its own. It went back to 2009 and found a hack that Nikulin may have carried out and cited this as a reason for interviewing and detaining him. Oh, he might also be a spy.
Adam Kopecky, Nikulin's Czech lawyer, thinks that it is a political issue that has caused the Kramer vs Kramer situation. So do we.
"My client and myself think it's a political affair," said Kopecky. "Given the international situation, when one superpower accuses a citizen of the other of hacking their computers and then the other superpower accuses the same citizen of another crime, it's kind of strange."
Given the choice, Nikulin, who is in poor health, would like to return to Russia as a free man. µ
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