A man with suspected ties to the massive hack of LinkedIn back in 2012 has been arrested in the Czech Republic.
The unnamed man, identified by authorities as a Russian hacker, was taken into custody by Czech police after a hotel raid in central Prague Oct. 5. The Czech police, which was working with Interpol and the FBI, only this week announced the arrest.
Police spokesman David Schön told the New York Times the arrest was not announced previously due to “tactical reasons.”
The man, according to a translated police statement, is a “Russian citizen suspected of hacking attacks on targets in the United States.”
The man is suspected of hacking LinkedIn as well as other American targets. In the LinkedIn hack, more than 117 million user passwords were stolen.
The FBI had little to say on the matter, but added that collaboration was needed “to successfully defeat cyber adversaries.”
It is not yet known if the man will be extradited to the U.S. to stand trial or if he will be sent home to Russia. Both countries, of course, are hoping to get their respective hands on him.
The Russian Embassy in Prague wants the suspect released into its custody.
“We insist that the detained Russian citizen should be transferred to Russia,” embassy spokesman Aleksei Kolmakov was quoted by state-run Russian news agency Tass.
A Prague judge has ordered the man to remain in custody, and the court there will determine if he will be extradited to the U.S.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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