A Russian citizen accused of hacking LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012 appeared in a US courtroom and underwent a medical examination after being delivered by the Czech Republic could intensify diplomatic tensions between Washington and Moscow
Yevgeniy Nikulin, 30, who has repeatedly rejected the hacker charges, "has a number of medical problems and hopes to go to the hospital," his defense attorney said in a hearing on Friday Federal judge in San Francisco.
Russia sought Nikulin on separate charges, but the Czech Republic decided to send it to the United States after rejecting its asylum application, Czech radio said. Russia was "deeply disappointed" by the Czech decision taken "without taking into account all the factors and circumstances of this case", reported Tass intelligence, citing the Russian Embassy in Prague. Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan said earlier that President Milos Zeman, an ardent supporter of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, had repeatedly asked him to extradite Nikulin to Moscow.
The extradition is under US investigations into alleged Russian cybercrime attacks and interference in the 201
Nikulin, one of several cyber-attack suspects arrested in Europe in a tug of war between the US and Russia be held in custody until a deposit has been set for Wednesday. The prosecution told the judge Friday that he had no ties to the US and that he would seriously escape if he were released.
Nikulin refused to state his name and age when he interrogated him the judge
The public defender has filed an indictment against him, in which indictment against Nikulin was filed – the most serious of which is with a prison sentence of 10 Years ago – due to attacks on LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, a San Francisco-based social networking company. LinkedIn and Dropbox previously said that the violations on their servers may have endangered nearly 200 million accounts altogether.
"The FBI will not allow international cybercriminals to operate with impunity," John F. Bennett, senior FBI agent said in a statement. "Nikulin has allegedly attacked three Bay Area companies through cyber attacks and is now being prosecuted in the US This extradition is a hit with US law enforcement agencies and our overseas partners."
The case is USA v. Nikulin, 16-cr -00440, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).