US ‘grateful’ for extradition of Russian hacker – White House

WASHINGTON, The United States expressed gratitude to the Czech Republic late Monday for the extradition of Russian hacker Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, accused of hacking the systems of three top American tech firms LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring.

The US “is grateful to the Czech Republic for the extradition of [Nikulin],” the White House said in a statement. Nikulin, a Russian citizen, was arrested by Czech police and has been in Czech custody since October 2016.

He is accused of possibly compromising the personal information of over 100 million users.

“Bringing criminals to justice is an important aspect of maintaining the reliability of the internet and defending our core values. We applaud the Czech Republic for upholding the principles of accountability and justice in this matter,” the White House said.

Nikulin, 30, entered a not guilty plea in the US district court in San Francisco, after having fought his extradition from Prague.

Source: Kuwait News Agency