The Russian hacker who hacked LinkedIn and Dropbox will not have to pay compensation to the victims

A Russian hacker who hacked three technology companies and stole more than 100 million user passwords will not have to pay compensation to the companies he hacked.

Yevgeny Alexandrovich Nikulin he was found guilty in July 2020 for hacking and data theft LinkedIna, Dropbox and the now defunct Automatic platform in 2012.

Nikulin gained access to LinkedIn’s data by hacking LinkedIn engineer Nick Berry’s computer, and then installed malware that gave him access to Berry’s virtual private network (VPN) and login credentials that Barry used to work remotely.

Nikulin used Berry’s login information to access LinkedIn’s internal database and stole user passwords, which he then sold to other cybercriminals. Nikulin used some of the stolen data to infiltrate the work order of Tom Vegend, an employee of Dropbox, and gain access to the joint Dropbox account of employees at that company.

He then used credentials stolen from Dropbox to compromise the account of Formspring employee John Sanders and stole millions of user passwords.

The American district court sentenced Nikulin to 88 months in prison. Nikulin was ordered to pay LinkedIn half of the $ 2 million the company demanded in damages.

The court also ordered Nikulin to pay $ 514,000 to Dropbox, $ 20,000 Formspringu and $ 200,000 to parent company WordPress Automatic.

Last week, the appellate court annulled the decision on damages. A three-judge panel said the evidence of the costs incurred by the victims was insufficient to justify the payment of $ 1.7 million in damages.

However, the panel upheld Nikulin’s prison sentence of more than seven years.

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