Dmitry Dokuchaev, Igor Sushchin, Alexsey Belan, and Karim Baratov were indicted for a number of offenses relating to the hacking of Yahoo’s network and of webmail accounts there and at other internet service providers on behalf of the Russian Federal Security Service, a/k/a the “FSB.” On November 28, 2017, Karim Baratov pleaded guilty and admitted to his role in the conspiracy. Specifically, Dokuchaev asked Baratov to hack at least 80 webmail accounts (including at least 50 at Google) in exchange for money; and Baratov agreed and subsequently attempted to complete his request. Additionally, as part of Baratov’s plea agreement, Baratov admitted that he operated an illegal hacking business through which he advertised his services to Russian language speakers throughout the world and hacked webmail accounts for other clients, including a total of more than 11,000 webmail accounts from 2010 through March 2017. Baratov hacked into webmail accounts maintained by various webmail providers (e.g., Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo, and Russian webmail providers bk.ru, Inbox.ru, List.ru, Mail.ru, Rambler.ru, ya.ru, and Yandex) by spearphishing his victims to harvest their passwords. In particular, Baratov impersonated a webmail provider by sending an email with a link to a “spoofed” website that would appear to be from the webmail provider and that would ask the victims to enter their passwords to their webmail accounts. For example, Baratov sent emails to his victims from accounts including those listed below to hack into webmail accounts at Google: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
Next Court Date
Sentencing for Karim Baratov
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 10:30 AM
Philip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Judge Vince Chhabria
450 Golden Gate Avenue
Courtroom 4, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
- Dokuchaev et al Indictment
- Baratov Plea Agreement
- Victim Impact Statement Form due January 26, 2018
- Know Your Rights
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For information or assistance with this particular case please contact the Mega Victim Case Assistance Program Unit at (844) 527-5299 or e-mail USAEO.MCAP@usdoj.gov.