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Yahoo #hacker feels he’s ‘doing the #right thing’ after #pleading #guilty, #lawyer says

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

After eight months of maintaining his innocence in a massive data breach at Yahoo, Karim Baratov feels like he’s now, his lawyer says, doing the right thing by pleading guilty to charges stemming from his role as a hacker.

Baratov, who is from Hamilton, is scheduled for sentencing in February, after pleading guilty, in a U.S. court on Tuesday, to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and eight counts of aggravated identity theft.

“He’s feeling like he’s doing the right thing … he’s happy that he’s doing the right thing, he’s happy that he’s opening up, and he’s not holding back,” said Amedeo DiCarlo, one of Baratov’s lawyers. “I think that’s what the justice system expects of him.”

Authorities say the hack affected at least a half billion user accounts, and was directed by two Russian intelligence agents. U.S. law enforcement officials call the 22-year-old Baratov a “hacker-for-hire” and say he was paid by members of Russia’s Federal Security Service to access more than 80 accounts.

DiCarlo wouldn’t say if Baratov turned over information on the two Russians linked to the case, but did say he has been “very forthcoming with his information” and “very transparent.”

“He told them everything they needed to know,” DiCarlo said.

Another one of his attorneys, Andrew Mancilla, echoed that sentiment outside of court after the guilty plea was made. “He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” Mancilla said.

The Russian agents, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, used the information they stole from Yahoo to spy on Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses, according to prosecutors.

Dokuchaev, Sushchin and a third Russian national, Alexsey Belan, were also named in the indictment filed in February, though it’s not clear whether they will ever step foot in an American courtroom since there’s no extradition treaty with Russia.

Yahoo user accounts began being compromised at least as early as 2014. Prosecutors say Dokuchaev and Sushchin turned to Baratov after learning that one of their targets had accounts at webmail providers other than Yahoo.

After Baratov’s arrest, his parents said that their son was a “scapegoat.” DiCarlo said they are now finally seeing some sense of closure.

“It’s a big strain on everybody — it’s kind of like you’re biting your fingernails, waiting for the result. Now, here is a final result in their opinion … they see an end in the future.”

Baratov’s sentencing is set to happen in February, and the threshold for how much jail time he could face ranges from zero to 20 years, DiCarlo said — though he would not disclose what sentence the defence will submit as appropriate. It’s also not clear if Baratov would serve a sentence in Canada or the United States.

“We’ve got our ranges to work with, and that’s where the lawyering takes place,” DiCarlo said.

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Canadian accused in Yahoo hack appeals decision to deny his bail

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Canadian accused in Yahoo hack appeals decision to deny his bail

Lawyers for the Ontario man accused in a international hack of Yahoo email accounts are going to court today to fight a judge’s decision to deny his bail. Karim Baratov is appealing an April ruling by Ontario Superior Court Justice Alan Whitten, who decided the 22-year-old was too much of…

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Canadian judge denies bail to alleged Yahoo hacker

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A judge denied bail Tuesday to a Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails. Karim Baratov, 22, has alleged ties to Russian agents and access to significant amounts of cash, making him a serious flight risk if …

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‘He’s not a criminal’: Parents of Canadian charged in massive Yahoo hack speak out

‘He’s not a criminal’: Parents of Canadian charged in massive Yahoo hack speak outSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The parents of Karim Baratov, the Canadian accused in a massive cyberattack of half a billion Yahoo accounts, say the charges against their son are unfounded and it will be proven in court that he is being used as a … The post ‘He’s not a […]

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Yahoo hit with angry letter from US senators demanding urgent response to hacking probe

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Yahoo hit with angry letter from US senators demanding urgent response to hacking probe

US senators are turning up the heat against technology firm Yahoo, complaining about its lacklustre response to an ongoing hacking probe into two of the biggest data breaches recorded in history that involved over a billion user accounts. In a …

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Yahoo Says Traffic Rose Despite Hacking That Could Alter Verizon Deal

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Yahoo Says Traffic Rose Despite Hacking That Could Alter Verizon Deal

If Verizon Communications really wants to renegotiate its $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo’s internet operations, it’s probably going to have a fight on its hands.
Yahoo said on Tuesday that it had actually gained a slight amount of traffic

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US Intelligence Sends Yahoo to Never-Never Land

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US Intelligence Sends Yahoo to Never-Never Land

American business has entered Never-Never Land, a bizarre place where our own government changes all the rules. Yahoo is the latest example.
Reuters reported last week that Yahoo (YHOO) had complied with a classified U.S. government order to scan all

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Yahoo confirms massive hack of 500 million accounts, blames “state actor”

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Yahoo confirms massive hack of 500 million accounts, blames “state actor”

Yahoo has confirmed the mother of all data breaches — 500 million user accounts compromised back in late 2014 — and is laying blame on a “state-sponsored actor.”
The stolen data may have included names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays,

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London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

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London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief
A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in prison for his part in a cyber attack on Yahoo! in 2012.
Nazariy Markuta, of Harlesden, London, was a member of

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