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Alleged Yahoo hacker pleads not guilty to helping Russian agents conduct massive 2014 data breach

Author: Hyacinth Mascarenhas / Source: International Business Times UK

Karim Baratov is the only one of four co-conspirators arrested in the caseReuters/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

Canadian Karim Baratov has pleaded not guilty to all charges in a US court that he helped Russian agents conduct the massive 2014 cyberattack on Yahoo that saw the data theft of more than 500 million Yahoo user accounts. The 22-year-old Canadian citizen born in Kazakhstan was arrested in Canada in March at the request of US prosecutors and has been charged with gaining unauthorised access to more than 80 Yahoo accounts in exchange for commissions.

According to court documents, Baratov and 29-year-old Russian hacker Alexsey Belan were hired by two officers in Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB) — Dmitry Dokuchaev and his superior Igor Sushchin — to break into Yahoo’s network.

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Between November to December 2014, Belan allegedly stole a copy of a portion of Yahoo’s user database that included sensitive subscriber information such as users’ names, recovery email accounts, phone numbers and certain information required to manually create account authentication web browser cookies for over 500 million Yahoo accounts.

Belan also managed to gain illegal…

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