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Bail hearing for Hamilton man accused in Yahoo email hack

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Apr 5th, 2017

Karim Baratov with two of his lawyers Deepak Paradkar and Amedeo Di Carlo on March 17, 2017. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher

A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails is expected to appear in a Hamilton court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

Karim Baratov was arrested last month under the Extradition Act.

U.S. authorities say Baratov and three others – two of them allegedly officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service – were indicted for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

Law enforcement officials allege in documents filed with an Ontario court that Baratov poses an “extremely high flight risk” in part due to his alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents.

U.S. authorities describe the 22-year-old Hamilton resident as an alleged “hacker-for-hire” and allege he has the money to leave Canada and the ability to destroy evidence while on the run.

Baratov’s lawyer calls the allegations against his client unfounded, saying he’ll seek to have Baratov released and plans to fight an extradition order.


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