US jury’s decision to convict hacker in LinkedIn, Dropbox trial offers prosecutors reason for optimism

Introduction

Date: 17 July 2020. Duration: 19:32

At the end of a long, delayed and controversial trial in San Francisco, a jury in a US court accepted claims that Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian citizen, was responsible for the hacking of tech companies including LinkedIn and Dropbox eight years ago. Despite the often-complex technical discussion before the court and the absence of a smoking gun, the circumstantial evidence before the jury was enough for it to return a guilty verdict. The success of a prosecution that was hampered but not halted by logistical challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak is a boost for US authorities in their fight against damaging hacker attacks on tech companies.

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