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8/23/2017
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Suspect in Yahoo Breach Pleads Not Guilty

Karim Baratov enters his plea in US Courts today, after waiving his extradition hearing in Canada last week.

A 22-year-old defendant charged for his alleged role in the infamous Yahoo data breach pleaded not guilty today to a 47-count indictment before a federal district court judge in San Francisco, according to media reports.

Karim Baratov is one of four defendants charged with computer intrusion, economic espionage, and conspiracy relating to the Yahoo cyberattack, according to a report in The Daily Beast. The other three defendants are Russian nationals and remain at large, one of which is Igor Sushchin, an undercover Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent, while the other two are Dmitry Dokuchaev, a former FSB officer who was arrested by the FSB for treason, and Alexsey Belan, a well-known Russian hacker, the report said.

On Friday, Baratov, a Canadian and Kazakh national, was in Canada where he waived his extradition hearing in a move to get his case heard quickly in US courts. During his US court appearance, another hearing was set for Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Last March, Baratov was arrested in Canada for his role in the 2014 Yahoo data breach, which affected approximately 500 million Yahoo accounts. He allegedly was asked by FSB representatives to target 80 individuals with spearphishing campaigns if their emails were not among the hundreds in the Yahoo batch, and deliver the non-Yahoo email account passwords to Russian handlers, according to The Daily Beast.

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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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8/24/2017 | 6:38:20 AM
Perplexed
I find it quite odd that you would expedite extradition to be tried in the US, especially when you intended to plead innocent.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/26/2017 | 10:17:08 AM
Re: Perplexed
@Ryan: I definitely see your point, but if he really is innocent and believes he will be exonerated, a speedy trial could well be to his benefit -- especially if his assets are frozen. There may be other factors at play, too. Who knows?
Dr.T
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8/27/2017 | 6:47:26 PM
Re: Perplexed
" a speedy trial could well be to his benefit" Agree. Speedy trial will benefit everybody, including Yahoo.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/29/2017 | 12:59:46 PM
Re: Perplexed
@Dr.T: More to the point, in the US, it's a Constitutional right where criminal charges are concerned.


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Dr.T
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8/27/2017 | 6:49:09 PM
Re: Perplexed
"especially if his assets are frozen" That would be very good, there has to be a precedence set for this case.
Dr.T
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8/27/2017 | 6:46:15 PM
Re: Perplexed
"expedite extradition to be tried in the US" I agree, this should be done quite easily for many countries but when it comes to Russia it may not be that easy.
Dr.T
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8/27/2017 | 6:44:54 PM
Suspect ?
I did not know there was suspect on this issue, that is good, he can plead not guilty that will not change final outcome if he is at fault.
Dr.T
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8/27/2017 | 6:50:37 PM
Verizon / yahoo
Now that Verizon owns yahoo, do we think the security of their infrastructure and systems are any better?
Joe Stanganelli
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8/28/2017 | 4:20:27 PM
Re: Verizon / yahoo
@Dr.T: The purchase of Yahoo was more for Yahoo's content assets than for its systems or user base. I don't think VZ particularly cares that much otherwise.
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