Yahoo Hacker Pleads Guilty

The Canadian behind the Yahoo hack has decided to plead guilty. Karim Baratov served up a guilty plea in court today and he’ll be back to face sentencing on Feb. 20th. But his lawyers have a spin on this:

Outside court Tuesday, Baratov’s attorneys said their client hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach. Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ont., in March and later agreed to forgo an extradition hearing and face the U.S. charges.

“He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” said one of his attorneys, Andrew Mancilla.

We’ll see about that. I’m sure US officials see things differently. But seeing as they can’t get the two Russians accused of pwning Yahoo along with Baratov, you can be sure that they’ll throw the book at him early next year.


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