Russian hacker, described as ‘brilliant’ by judge, gets seven years in a US clink for raiding LinkedIn, Dropbox

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A Russian scumbag found guilty of hacking into LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring – and stealing data on over 200 million users – has been sent down for more than seven years.

Yevgeniy Nikulin was sentenced to 88 months in an American prison by a federal court in San Francisco this week though the judge in this case, William Alsup, was surprisingly kind about the 32-year-old Russian. I think you’re a brilliant guy. Very smart, Alsup told him. I urge you to apply that brilliance to a lawful profession and do something good with your life other than hacking into computers.

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