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Czech Police Arrest Russian Man Suspected of Hacking U.S. Networks

cyber security
AP
• October 19, 2016 11:49 am

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Czech police detained a Russian man suspected by the FBI of launching cyber attacks against targets in the United States, according to a statement released Wednesday by authorities.

The Russian was arrested on Oct. 5 in cooperation with the FBI following a rapid information exchange with American officials, CBS News reported. A Czech court will determine whether the suspect will be extradited to the U.S., though no timeline was provided.

The Czech police said the man was traveling with a woman in "a very expensive car" when he was arrested in Prague. Authorities said the suspect was "so surprised by the police action that he put up no resistance." He later fainted and was hospitalized following his detainment.

The Obama administration formally accused the Russian government earlier this month of directing the recent hacks into U.S. political computer networks in an attempt to influence the 2016 elections.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has adamantly denied involvement, calling the "hysteria" around the breaches an effort to divert attention from the content of the leaked material.

The recent arrest in the Czech Republic was related to an "old cyber case," however, not the Democratic National Committee email hacking earlier this year, according to CBS News.