Hacker behind 2012 Yahoo! hack sentenced

News by Roi Perez

Nazariy Markuta, believed to be a hacker for the group known as “D33Ds Company”, has been given a two-year prison sentence by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

Markuta, a 23-year-old from Harlesden in London, is believed to be involved in the 2012 leak of more than 450,000 email addresses and passwords from Yahoo!'s contributor network. In collaboration with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the NCA identified Markuta.

In their press release, the NCA chose not to directly name Yahoo!, referring to the company as a “major silicon valley firm”.

Upon his arrest at his home in March 2015, law enforcement agents found thousands of payment card records.

It had later transpired that between 2012 and 2014 Markuta had attacked the systems of a video game reseller and SMS messaging service through an SQL injection.

Markuta has pleaded guilty to eight counts of hacking and fraud charges under the Serious Crimes Act, the Computer Misuse Act and the Fraud Act of 2006. He has been sentenced to a total of 11 years, but will only spend two in prison since it's a concurrent sentence.

This sentence is unlikely to offer much solace to Yahoo! these days, given it's recent leak of half a billion users' details. It's still unclear who is behind the recent leak, but is believed to be a state-sponsored attack.


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