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Accused LinkedIn hacker extradited to USYevgeniy Nikulin, the Russian suspected in the massive 2012 LinkedIn breach, is in the US now. CNET News reporter Laura Hautala explains the significance of this rare move.
[MUSIC] Today we learned that the alleged LinkedIn hacker has been extradited to the United States and appeared in court in San Fransisco. He had been arrested in Prague in 2016 and had been waiting there to see if he would be extradited. Either to the United States or to Russia. So today the outcome of that has become clear. He's gonna face charges including aggravated identity theft around this hack. [MUSIC] So this is a big deal for a few reasons. First of all, this is the linked in hack. This is the hack that affected 214 million accounts. And it was a major issue that forced people to change their passwords and think about whether they maybe reused those passwords elsewhere and could be vulnerable in all sorts of ways. It's also significant because it's really unusual for the United States To successfully extradite a hacker from Russia. We have recently extradited one other person involved in a group that was based in Russia in the hack of Yahoo. But that is really the only other recent case and it's really hard for the US to make that happen. So this is a reminder to use best practices with your passwords and that means not reusing them in more than one account. The best thing to do is to use a unique password for each account, and since that's really hard to do, we're all human, you should also consider using a password manager that can help remember all of those unique passwords for you.