Yahoo hacker whose work compromised 500M accounts sentenced to 5 years

Enlarge / Yahoo! Inc. signage is displayed at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California in 2016. (credit: Noah Berger/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Canadian man who pled guilty last year to a massive spear-phishing operation of Yahoo employees—which ultimately resulted in 500 million accounts being compromised—has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Karim Baratov, 23, was also ordered on Tuesday by a federal judge in San Francisco to pay a $250,000 fine.

"The sentence imposed reflects the seriousness of hacking for hire," acting US Attorney Alex Tse said in a statement. He also wrote:

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