Hacker pleads guilty to huge Yahoo hack, admits helping Russia’s FSB

Enlarge / Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov (far left) meets with other Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin (center) on November 24, 2017. (credit: Mikhail Klimentyev TASS via Getty Images)

A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to hacking charges related to a 2014 spear-phishing operation of Yahoo employees. The hack ultimately compromised 500 million Yahoo accounts.

The operative, Karim Baratov, appeared in a San Francisco federal court on Tuesday afternoon. He also admitted that his role was to "hack webmail accounts of individuals of interest to the FSB," the Russian internal security service. Baratov then sent those passwords to his alleged co-conspirator, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev.

Karatov was indicted in late February 2017 along with three other men who remain in Russia.

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