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Czechs Arrest Russian Hacker Wanted By FBI ( 55

Bookworm09 quotes a report from New York Times (paywalled, alternate source): A man identified as a Russian hacker suspected of pursuing targets in the United States has been arrested in the Czech Republic, the police announced Tuesday evening. The suspect was captured in a raid at a hotel in central Prague on Oct. 5, about 12 hours after the authorities heard that he was in the country, where he drove around in a luxury car with his girlfriend, according to the police. The man did not resist arrest, but he had medical problems and was briefly hospitalized, the police said in a statement. The FBI said in a statement that the man was "suspected of conducting criminal activities targeting U.S. interests. As cybercrime can originate anywhere in the world, international cooperation is crucial to successfully defeat cyber adversaries." ABC News reports: "Prague's Municipal Court will now have to decide on his extradition to the United States, with Justice Minister Robert Pelikan having the final say. Russian officials, however, are demanding that the suspect be handed over to them. Spokeswoman Marketa Puci said the court ruled on Oct. 12 that the man will remain in detention until the extradition hearing. No date has yet been set. U.S. authorities have two months to deliver to their Czech counterparts all of the documents necessary for the Czech authorities to decide on the extradition request."
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Czechs Arrest Russian Hacker Wanted By FBI

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  • Obviously this validates the content of the e-mail as real, indicating multiple violations of federal and state laws by the senders, recipients and those discussed in the emails. Otherwise, there'd be no point in prosecuting this person, much less releasing this information on the day of the final presidential debate.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Reality check.

      1) As noted at the end of the article, this guy is wanted for hacks that have nothing to do with government email.

      2) Illegally obtained evidence can't be used in court.

      For someone who endlessly philosophizes on Slashdot, you're ability to read accurately or construct an actual argument are shit.

  • ...overseas. Your country is demonstrating to other regimes that it is ok to abduct people in a 3rd country.

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      usa doesn't extradite american hackers so why would any country send anyone in for the same thing is beyond me.

      oh and .. well. about abducting people. this is hardly the best example of it since it's going through authorities and usa has demonstrated the will and ability to do it even without authorization.

  • How Embarrasing (Score:4, Informative)

    by rtb61 ( 674572 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @08:30PM (#53111747) Homepage

    Seriously guys, it looks really pathetic when the Czech police arrest some one and US law enforcers make the public statements. The only comment from Czech authorities, baa, baa, baa (Czech dudes watch out for the gum boots, []). The Czech police did the arresting, than they should make the public statements and the FBI should shut the fuck up, otherwise it looks really bad, like baa, baa, bad and right now thanks to the purposeful immigrant crisis Europeans are pretty pissed off with the US government and NATO and you do not want to be so diplomatically arrogant and clumsy.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      How does international cooperation in law enforcement make anyone look bad?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by phayes ( 202222 )

      Awww... Putin not happy that members of his private hacker army that he hides behind to hack everyone cannot continue to vacation in the countries that the USSR made into quisling regimes for so long. Poor, poor Putin...

      Part of U.S. backlash for Russian state sponsored hacking appears to be denying their ability to vacation outside of Russia. Europeans like me are much more pissed of at Putin for his and the Assad regimes war crimes that created the emigration flux than they are at the U.S. for asking for t

      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        Diplomacy right over you head isn't it. The Czech authorities are the arresting officers, they are the ones in charge, the FBI is this regard are nobodies, zero authority, just witnesses providing information to the Czech authorities to act upon. It is entirely up to Czech authorities to make public statements ie they arrested someone based upon the evidence provided by foreign witnesses and that then extends out to a Czech legal process to finalise the extradition. You are obviously heavily into American

        • by phayes ( 202222 )

          Diplomacy has a role in international law enforcement relations but it isn't what you are portraying nor over my head.

          That the Czech authorities are the ones in control of the russian hacker until their justice system decides whether or not to extradite or release him is not in dispute, just your attempt at portraying an announcement by the FBI on why they asked for his arrest is a master regime giving orders to a slave regime or not.

          You're mixing up diplomacy, law enforcement and emotions and quite visibly

  • by imidan ( 559239 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @08:56PM (#53111907)

    Because all of the posts so far are about the Clinton email/DNC hacks, and because the summary is obviously trying to cash in on current political events to make this a big story by excluding this, here is a quote FTFA:

    Law enforcement officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment while the investigation was underway, said Wednesday that the suspect did not appear to be related to the hacking of the Democrats’ emails or to organizations like DCLeaks or WikiLeaks.

  • When the Russian hacker was arrested, he donned a pair of goggles and said "Safety is number one priority."

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!