Suspected US hacker arrested in Ukraine

Suspected hacker who ‘stole more than $6million from US banks’ and is wanted by the FBI is arrested in Ukraine after he was found in one of the country’s ‘most expensive’ hotels

  • Ukrainian police have arrested man accused of hacking US financial institutions
  • Unnamed man was reportedly hiding from US authorities, staying in top hotel
  • Police say he is a foreigner and FBI first launched investigation on him in 2010

Ukrainian authorities have arrested a 32-year-old man accused of stealing more than $6 million and hacking US financial institutions. 

The man was arrested in the country’s capital of Kiev on Friday after hiding from US authorities, police say. 

The man was found in one of the city’s ‘most expensive’ hotels, where he was temporarily residing, Kiev police said in a statement.   

An unnamed man, 32, has been arrested in Ukraine on Friday after hiding from US law enforcement agencies 

He is suspected of illegally interfering in computer systems, money laundering and fraud, Ukrainian police said in a statement.

The 32-year-old’s identity and nationality have not been revealed although police say he is a foreigner.  

The FBI launched an investigation into the activities of the man in 2010.

This year, US authorities turned to Kiev with a request for help in finding and detaining the hacker, Ukrainian police said. 

Ukrainian authorities were considering extraditing him to the United States.

The arrest comes amid a US political scandal involving Ukraine. 

President Trump is being investigated by House Democrats for allegedly prodding his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.   

Trump’s rivals accuse him of trying to coerce Ukraine into providing damaging narratives about the 2020 presidential candidate.