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September 29, 2020
U.S. District Judge William Alsup sentenced a Russian man found guilty of orchestrating the 2012 cyberattacks against LinkedIn and Dropbox to over seven years in prison Tuesday, urging the hacker to use his "brilliance" for a lawful profession upon his release and return to Russia.
September 23, 2020
A Russian man found guilty of orchestrating the 2012 cyberattacks against LinkedIn and Dropbox asked a California federal judge on Wednesday to sentence him to time served, a day after prosecutors urged the court to hand down a much harsher sentence of 12 years in prison.
August 27, 2020
A Russian man found guilty of orchestrating the 2012 cyberattacks against LinkedIn and Dropbox has urged a California federal judge to acquit him on all charges, arguing that his conviction rested on unreliable circumstantial evidence.
July 10, 2020
A California federal jury found a 32-year-old Russian national guilty of carrying out cyberattacks against LinkedIn and Dropbox on Friday, finding that the government had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he was responsible for the breaches that compromised over 100 million users' data in 2012.
July 09, 2020
Counsel for a Russian national on trial in California federal court over 2012 cyberattacks on LinkedIn and Dropbox tore into an FBI agent who investigated the data breaches on Thursday, cross-examining the agent about the reliability of evidence provided by Russian authorities before resting his case without calling witnesses.
July 08, 2020
U.S. District Judge William Alsup expressed frustration Wednesday with a federal prosecutor's attempt to tie online personas to a Russian national on trial over 2012 cyberattacks on LinkedIn and Dropbox, calling the government's efforts "mumbo jumbo" and wondering aloud whether prosecutors were wasting the jury's time.
July 07, 2020
U.S. District Judge William Alsup criticized a prosecutor Tuesday for presenting "obviously prejudicial" jailhouse phone records instead of "real evidence" against a Russian national on trial in California for allegedly hacking into LinkedIn and Dropbox, saying, "You may end up losing this case because of stunts like that."
July 06, 2020
A California federal jury trial for a Russian man whom the U.S. government accuses of breaching LinkedIn and Dropbox resumed Monday in San Francisco after a nearly four-month hiatus prompted by COVID-19 concerns, making it the first jury trial in the Northern District of California since the pandemic began.
April 28, 2020
A Russian man accused of hacking three tech companies, including LinkedIn and Dropbox, had his criminal trial paused again until June 1 after jurors and witnesses expressed concern about showing up to the courtroom amid the coronavirus pandemic.
April 27, 2020
Nine California federal jurors on Friday expressed concerns with resuming the trial of a Russian man accused of hacking three tech companies, with one telling the court they are a physician "on the front-lines" battling COVID-19 and others citing age, underlying health concerns or close contact with high-risk family members.