Russia names alleged hacker arrested in Czech Republic

Russia's Foreign Ministry has identified the Russian arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of cyberattacks in the United States.

Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova gave his name at a Thursday briefing as Yevgeny Nikulin. She said the ministry is working to prevent his extradition to the United States and he has been provided a lawyer.

The arrest was announced by Czech police on Wednesday. A police spokesman, David Schoen, told The Associated Press the arrest was made on Oct. 5.

Details of the case have not been made public. Hours after the arrest, a statement by the networking site LinkedIn suggested the arrest was connected to a breach of its member information in 2012.