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Czech police have arrested suspected Russian hacker behind cyberattacks on the US

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Czech police have arrested a Russian hacker suspected of cyberattacks in the United States, officials said on Wednesday.

Police said an international warrant on the unidentified man was issued by Interpol and that officers cooperated with the FBI in the case.

Police spokesman Jozef Bocan said the man was arrested in a Prague hotel, and that after the arrest he collapsed, received first aid treatment and was hospitalized.

It's not clear if the suspect is connected with the cyberattacks on Democratic Party servers.

Arrested Oct. 5, could be extradited to the US

Another police spokesman, David Schoen, told The Associated Press the arrest took place on October 5 and that police delayed releasing information about it for "tactical" reasons.

Police video from the arrest, obtained by the AP, identified the man only as Yevgeniy N.

Prague's Municipal Court will now have to decide on his extradition to the United States, with Justice Minister Robert Pelikan having the final say.

No word on connection to Wikileaks

Spokeswoman Marketa Puci said the court ruled on Oct. 12 that the man will remain in detention until the extradition hearing.

The United States has accused Russia of coordinating the theft and disclosure of emails from the Democratic National Committee and other American groups to influence the outcome of the election. Russia has vigorously denied that.

It is not immediately clear if this case has anything to do with that accusation.


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A screengrab from video released by Czech police shows a man identified only as a Russian hacking suspect being taken into custody in Prague, Oct. 18, 2016. (Courtesy: Czech Police)
Suspect Yevgeniy N., pictured here in a still frame from police video of his arrest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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