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Russian hacker arrested in Las Vegas after convention

by Nikola Strahija on July 18th, 2001 LOS ANGELES, July 17 (Reuters)
A Russian hacker was arrested Monday on charges that he violated U.S. copyright law after he gave a presentation at the DefCon hacker convention in Las Vegas this weekend, the FBI said on Tuesday.

Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested in his room at the Alexis Park Hotel as he prepared to check out and return to Moscow, special FBI agent Daron Borst said on Tuesday.

Sklyarov works for ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. of Moscow, which publishes a program that allows people to view encrypted Adobe Systems Inc. PDF, or Portable Document Format, files and e-book files, according to the company's Web site.

He had given a talk on Sunday at the DefCon convention entitled "eBook Security: Theory and Practice."

Sklyarov is being detained in Las Vegas by the U.S. Marshal's office and will be transferred to San Francisco, where he has been indicted on charges of trafficking in software to circumvent copyrighted materials, Borst said.


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