Czech police arrest Russian accused of US hacking

By bne IntelliNews October 20, 2016

Czech police announced on October 19 that they have arrested a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in hacking US targets.

The arrest was made at a Prague hotel in conjunction with the FBI. A court will now decide whether to extradite the suspect, who was not named. That will put the Czech Republic in the middle of the high tension between Washington and Moscow.

Interpol had issued a “Red Notice” on the suspect seeking his arrest, Czech police pointed out, according to newswires. However, details are scant, including what targets the man is accused of hacking. According to the Wall Street Journal, one target was the LinkedIn social network site.

The US said recently that it is now convinced Russia is behind a series of hacks planned to influence the forthcoming presidential election. Russia has ridiculed the claim, insisting it favours neither Donald Trump – who has professed he would offer Moscow friendlier relations - nor Hilary Clinton.

Russia has a track record of expressing anger at countries working with the US to detain its citizens. While the Czech president regularly blasts the Western sanctions against Russia, and insists Prague should build better relations with Moscow, the Czech government’s foreign policy has remained close to Washington's and Brussels.

Related Articles

Czech-Slovak EPH agrees to buy more UK power assets

Czech-based energy holding EPH announced on June 21 that it has agreed to buy two combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power stations in the UK for £318mn.  The Slovak-founded ... more

Slovak PM says no pledge made on EU migrant quotas

Slovakia has made not offered the European Commission a pledge to take part in the migrant quota scheme, Prime Minister Robert Fico suggested to parliament on June 15. The statement comes shortly ... more

Germany and Gazprom question need for EU talks on Nord Stream 2

A joint EU mandate to discuss the operating rules that would apply to Russia's planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is not necessary, Angela Merkel said on June 15. Russian state-controlled ... more