‘Another criminal nailed by Social media posts which detail lavish lifestyle’
A peek into lavish lifestyle of hacker said to be the ‘geek paid by Kremlin to hack 500 million Yahoo accounts’
Meet Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov or Karim Taloverov, aka ‘Karim Baratov’, the man facing prosecution in the Yahoo Inc. data breach
The 22-year-old Khazak born Canadian citizen bragged online about exploits
Dropping out of high school to pursue an internet career that apparently enabled him to live in the lap of luxury
He claimed he lived a playboy lifestyle after dropping out of school in Ancaster, outside Toronto, Canada, becoming a programmer and stock trader
His constant flaunting of wealth on social media shows an unparalled thirst for luxury items, which classmates say began in high school
Fleet includes a Lamborghini, Aston Martin DB9, Porsche, Audi and three Bimmers, all registered in the last five years
Karim Baratov who claims to have made his first million at 15, regularly posted photos on social media flaunt his wealth of expensive items and wads of cash
Baratov and 29-year-old Russian hacker, Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, accused of involvement in the hacking of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014
Indictment also names two Russian career spies from the FSB, Dmitry Dokuchaev and 43-year-old Igor Sushchin in the the largest data breach in history
The three other suspect are Russian nationals, resident in Russia, leaving little hope for extradition
Karim Baratov who appeared in a Toronto court on Wednesday, faces 20 years in jail
He also faces forfeiture of assets to US authorities if he is extradited from Canada and convicted in U.S. federal court
‘Body beautiful’ Karim Baratov is an avid fitness buff and body builder
Alleged Yahoo hacker, Karim Baratov, claimed he lived a playboy lifestyle after dropping out of school to become a stock market trader and programmer who earned his first million by the age of 15.
In his numerous social media photo hes flaunt that wealth, showing off his Aston Martin with a personalized license plate, performance enhancing drugs, expensive watches and wads of cash. But the 22-year-old from Ancaster, outside Toronto, Canada, is facing 20 years in jail after being accused of involvement in the hacking of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014 in collusion with Russian spies.
This was the largest data breach in history at the time, and the indictments names two agents with the Russian intelligence agency FSB and the two hackers they allegedly hired for the job, including Baratov.
‘Hackmeister’ Karim Baratov allegedly involved in the Yahoo breach, claimed he lived a playboy lifestyle
Baratov’s driveway appears to be a revolving stand for luxury autos
The U.S. Department of Justice said Baratov who also goes by the names “Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov” and “Karim Taloverov” is a Canadian born in Kazahkstan, notorious for flaunting his wealth online with pictures of his Aston Martin, with a personalized license plate and a Porsche parked in the driveway of his suburban home.But who is this now infamous ‘hackmeister’?
According to thestar, property records show that in 2015, Baratov and a middle-aged married couple named Akhmet Tokbergenov and Dinara Tokbergenova, bought a home in an Ancaster subdivision for $642,500, taking out a mortgage of $514,000.
The home was listed for sale on March 13, for about $930,000 but was abruptly delisted two day later.
The man at the center of the largest data breach in history as of three years ago, is a 22-year-old body proud, fitness buff. He claims 11 visits to the gym a week, uses performance enhancing drugs that have been described as ‘experimental biohacking’.
Super toy – Karim Baratov, one of the alleged Yahoo hackers claimed he lived a playboy lifestyle after dropping out of school to become a stock market trader and programmer who earned his first million as a teen
‘Changing times’ Karim Baratov leaves court in Ontario, Canada on Wednesday in a police paddy wagon
Karim Baratov flaunted his wealth online with pictures of his Aston Martin and wads of cash. In this Facebook photo, Baratov says he was only 17 or 18 years old, but his social media accounts portrayed the life of a millionaire, with pictures of him posing with expensive cars in front of the suburban home where he lived alone
Canadian hacker Baratov, 22, is facing 20 years in jail after being accused of involvement in the hacking of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014
‘Cash Money’ Karim Baratov poses on Facebook with a wad of cash on Facebook
The FBI has issued an arrest warrant and he is now in the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police awaiting extradition to the U.S.
The indictments name two agents with the Russian intelligence agency FSB and two hackers they allegedly hired, including Baratov.
Baratov has been charged with conspiring to commit access device fraud, conspiring to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse.
Partners in breach – Russian hack ring: Baratov [Left], is seen with the other hacker is Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan [right], indicted in the Yahoo data breach
The two Russian spies charged over the hack Dmitry Dokuchaev (left) and Igor Sushchin [right]
He was arrested earlier this week and is facing extradition to the US for trial.
Neighbors said that Baratov lived alone in the $642,500 detached home in Ancaster, outside Toronto in Canada, and that his parents would occasionally come to visit him.
His social media accounts portrayed the life of a millionaire with pictures of him skydiving, attending exotic car events and posing with expensive jewelry and watches.
Time to show off the toys for ‘Hacker nova’ Baratov
In a photo he wrote about his new $399 black stainless steel Apple Watch 2 – with a ‘very high quality leather band’ he bought separately. All of his assets could now be seized by the US authorities if he is convicted.
Among the other cars he claimed to own were an Audi, a Porsche, a Lamborghini and three BMWs.
All of his assets could now be seized by the US authorities if he is convicted.
‘Holy grail’ for the avid body builder: Baratov posted ‘It feels like Christmas again! Finally SARM RAD-140 Testolone got delivered. Been dying to try it!!’
Baratov fitted his Aston Martin DB9 with the licence plate ‘Mr Karim’. He also owned a Mercedes Benz with the number plate ‘Karrrim’, according to online posts.
Among the other cars he claimed to own were an Audi, a Porsche, a Lamborghini and three BMWs.
US authorities confirmed that he did in fact have the Aston Martin and a black Mercedes-Benz sedan, and vehicle records show that he took out loans of $104,000 and $65,000 for each of them respectively.
‘Gym Rat’: Baratov poses for a selfie in the gym
On Facebook Baratov described the vehicles as his ‘Darth Vader & Storm Trooper combo’ as one was black and the other was painted white.
In a photo he wrote about his new $399 black stainless steel Apple Watch 2 – with a ‘very high quality leather band’ he bought separately.
He wrote that it ‘feels like a true James Bond gadget driving my Aston Martin’ and that he was ‘just in love with that leather band, quality is as high as it can get’.
High school friends said that Baratov was already rich by the time he was in seventh grade.
Jake Hagen told the Toronto Star: ‘He had the biggest amount of disposable income that I’d ever seen for a person that age.
‘He bought his friends everything [like] clothes, and he’d take them all out to dinner.
One neighbor, Kerry Carter, said: ‘We thought there was something strange about him: “How did such a young guy have so many cars?”
Carter said Baratov was generally a quiet neighbour but did throw parties. At times his friends’ pricey cars lined the street, she said.
A hedonistic lifestyle is in order when you have ‘worked hard’, according to Baratov. Enjoy the quarter century old malt liquor
What every young man on the make desires – Photo caption: ‘Hidden Desires’
Baratov encapsulates himself in this description of himself: ‘Workaholic. Occasional drawer. Gym rat. Cars are everything. Sleep is optional.’ According to the caption, he titled this drawing ‘Hidden Desires’
‘You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period’
Hackanova Baratov bragged about his luxury lifestyle on social media. These assets stand to be seized by the US government if he is convicted
Baratov’s other main interest appears to have been the gym, and he documented his dramatic weight loss on social media.
Among the numerous posts of him flexing his tattooed muscles was one in which he said his ‘body feels like a little science project’ because he was taking so many bodybuilding supplements.
In a Facebook post Baratov wrote: ‘It feels like Christmas again! Finally SARM RAD-140 Testolone got delivered. Been dying to try it!!’
Nice, generous guy: Old classmates recall Baratov gan flaunting his wealth in high school
One acquaintance, Vadim Polonski, who runs a Toronto-based telecommunications company, told the Wall Street Journal that he met Baratov at charity events organized by car enthusiasts: ‘He’s a super nice guy. I never really knew what he did but I always wondered because it seemed that he was doing really well,’ Polonski said.
For Shane Leo who attended Ancaster High School with Baratov, he was a ‘loyal friend’. Leo the Toronto Star: ‘Anything that he has done in the past does not define him now…He always motivates me to be the best I can be and has been a very positive impact on my life.’
Baratov was proud of his artistic side and posted what he claimed were his pencil sketches including renditions of the Mona Lisa and a nude portrait of Kate Winslet in the film Titanic.
In another he drew himself as The Terminator and also sketched a sack full of money and a pole dancer.
‘Be careful who you trust.’
This photo he captioned: ‘Be careful who you trust. Make sure everybody in your ‘boat’ is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking. The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. One of the simplest, yet darkest pictures I’ve created. No names, but I got inspired by real life people’.
As he appeared before the Judge on Wednesday, the full list of indictees in the Yahoo Inc. data breach include two Russian spies, Dmitry Dokuchaev, 33, an alleged FSB operative and his superior officer in the FSB Igor Sushchin, 43, have also been indicted over the Yahoo breach along with a 29-year-old Russian born hacker, Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan.
US Federal grand juries have indicted Belan twice before, in 2012 and 2013, for computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft involving three US-based e-commerce companies and the FBI placed Belan on its ‘Cyber Most Wanted’ list.
Hacker: Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan
29-year-old Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, one of two criminal hackers named by President Barack Obama on Dec. 29, 2016, pursuant to Executive Order 13694, as a Specially Designated National subject to sanctions,is a Russian national, born in Latvia and resident in his home country.
Twice in the past five years US Federal grand juries have indicted Belan, in 2012 and 2013, for computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft involving three US-based e-commerce companies. The FBI since placed Belan on its ‘Cyber Most Wanted’ list.
He is currently the subject of a pending ‘Red Notice’ requesting that Interpol member nations [including Russia] arrest him, pending extradition.
Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev
Coordinating the breach with the hired hackers allegedly, is Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, an officer in the FSB Center for Information Security, aka ‘Center 18.’ Dokuchaev is a Russian national, listed as living in Russia.
Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin
The ‘Ring Master’ allegedly, is another Russian national operating out of his home country.
43-year-old FSB officer, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, is reportedly Dokuchaev’s superior within the agency. It is alleged that Sushchin was embedded as an employee and Head of Information Security at a Russian investment bank