Nikulin appeared in the Federal Court of San Francisco on Friday. According to CNN, he denied all accusations. In a statement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated: “Computer hacking is not just a crime, it is a direct threat to the security and privacy of Americans. This is deeply troubling behavior once again emanating from Russia.”
Foreign media pointed out that Russian hackers accused of invading Yahoo in 2012 are still at large, although one accused of working with them has been extradited to Canada. In March this year, the White House announced sanctions against Russia for hacking activities.
LinkedIn said in a statement: “We’ve been actively monitoring the FBI’s case to pursue those responsible for the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member data. We are glad to see this progress and appreciate the hard work of law enforcement to resolve this investigation.”
Dropbox and Formspring did not immediately respond to requests for comment.