Judge Doubts 'Severe' Sentence For Russia-Hired Hacker

Law360, San Francisco (April 24, 2018, 8:37 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday held off on sentencing a Canadian "hacker-for-hire" to nearly eight years in prison for breaking into thousands of email accounts, some at the bidding of Russian agents tied to a Yahoo cyberattack, saying it's severe and he doesn't want to create an "unwarranted sentencing disparity" among hackers.

During a hearing in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria told federal prosecutors he's concerned that 23-year-old Karim Baratov is facing a tougher sentence for having Russian clients who committed the "mega Yahoo" attack, even though Baratov wasn't involved in that particular high-profile hack.

"He's likely going...

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