Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn

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A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco announced Friday that a grand jury indicted 29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, of Moscow, Russia, a day earlier on charges including computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Nikulin used a LinkedIn employee's credentials to access the company's computers in 2012. Nikulin is also accused of hacking two other companies, Dropbox and Formspring, and conspiring to sell stolen user names, passwords and email addresses of Formspring customers.

Nikulin was arrested on Oct. 5 by officials in the Czech Republic and remains there. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined further comment and said he did not know the name of Nikulin's attorney.