SAN FRANCISCO – A Canadian of Russian descent in the United States sentenced to five years in prison. The 23-year-old Karim Baratov, alias Kay, has admitted that he has thousands of e-mail accounts has been cracked for the Russian secret service. Baratov in november of confession passed.
Against payment was Baratov the passwords of people in whom Russian spies were interested, such as journalists, civil servants and entrepreneurs. According to the indictment, he knew, between 2010 and 2017 to penetrate in more than 11,000 mailboxes. Baratov often used the same way. He pretended that he, on behalf of, for example, Google e-mailed, called in a target to a fake site and asked then to there user names and passwords to fill in. That information, he played to his Russian clients.
Baratov was last year arrested in Canada and then extradited. He will get a fine of more than 2,25 million dollars (1.9 million euros) and must pay compensation. Baratov lived in a rich suburb of Toronto. According to Canadian media, he owned a Lamborghini, a Porsche, an Aston Martin, a Mercedes and a BMW.
Three other Russians have also been sued. They are still on the run and may be located in Russia itself. Among them are two employees of the Russian secret service FSB. They were responsible for the hacking of hundreds of millions of mail accounts at Yahoo. If they access wanted to accounts at other companies, including Yandex and Google, they came to Baratov.