Canadian admits hacking Gmail

Karim Baratov pleads guilty to ransacking web accounts for ‘mystery’ paymasters

By Iain Thomson

A Canadian hacker for hire has admitted ransacking webmail accounts for miscreants accused of orchestrating the Yahoo! megahack that hit all three billion Purple Palace user accounts.

Karim Baratov, 23, appeared in a federal district court in San Francisco on Tuesday after striking a plea deal with US prosecutors. He was charged with 47 counts of hacking, ID theft, and espionage. However, as part of the agreement, he was allowed to admit one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, and eight counts of aggravated identity theft.

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