PRAGUE Czech police have detained a Russian man
wanted in connection with criminal hacking attacks on targets in
the United States in an arrest carried out in cooperation with
the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
LinkedIn Corp said on Wednesday that the arrest was
related to a 2012 breach at the social networking company that
it previously said may have compromised credentials of 100
million users, prompting it to launch a massive password reset
"Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information,
we have remained actively involved with the FBI's case to pursue
those responsible," LinkedIn said in the statement.
"We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the FBI
in its efforts to locate and capture the parties believed to be
responsible for this criminal activity," the company said.
Czech police said that a court would decide whether to
extradite the suspect to the United States.
The Russian news agency TASS indicated that Russia would
fight any extradition attempt.
"We insist that the detainee is handed over to Russia," it
quoted Andrei Kolmakov, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in
Prague, as saying.
Reuters could not reach Kolmakov for comment.
Czech and U.S. authorities declined to confirm that the man
was a suspect in the LinkedIn breach or say what charges were
being filed against him.
Video footage released by police showed a man being arrested
without resistance in a restaurant of a central Prague hotel. He
had dark hair, and wore a hooded sweatshirt with camouflage
pattern, blue jeans and sneakers.
A Czech police spokesman said that Yevgeniy N., a Russian
born in 1987, had been arrested on Oct. 5 in response to a
request through Interpol.
Police said the man was briefly hospitalised after
collapsing and then put in custody.
Two U.S. officials said the man was not linked to recent
political hacks in the United States.
The U.S. government this month accused Russia of a campaign
of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organisations ahead of
the Nov. 8 presidential election. Russian President Vladimir
Putin has said a hacking scandal would not be in Russia's
(Reporting by Jason Hovet, Robert Muller, Jan Lopatka, Mark
Hosenball, Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle)