Karim Baratov, alleged Yahoo hacker, pleads not guilty in U.S. court

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Karim Baratov, the 22-year-old Ontario man charged in connection with a massive Yahoo hack, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in a San Francisco courtroom on Wednesday morning.

American authorities allege that the Kazakhstan-born Canadian citizen, was a “hacker for hire” with ties to Russia.

Baratov waived his right to an extradition hearing last Friday in a Hamilton courtroom. He instead elected to move forward with fighting the charges immediately south of the border.

He was arrested in March in Hamilton, Ont. under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others on computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

Baratov has been held without bail since his arrest.

Information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts had been stolen in a cyberattack in 2014. Baratov is accused of hacking 80 of those accounts, and if convicted, he faces at least 20 year in a U.S. prison.

Read more at CBC News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.