CANADA – Karim Baratov, 22, has done it all from earning his first million at the age of 15 to owning multiple luxury cars and his own property. He has also been accused for being involved in the hacking of 500 million Yahoo user accounts, which was the largest data breach ever done back then in 2014.
The 22-year old has been charged with conspiring to commit access device fraud, conspiring to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse. The FBI has issued an arrest warrant for his involvement in the hack and Baratov is currently in the custody of Canadian authorities, awaiting extradition to the U.S. where he will be trialed in court.
Baratov has previously made headlines for his lavish lifestyle for his young age. He regularly flaunted his wealth online, particularly of his lavish automobiles with personalized license plates. Other things he flaunted on social media included his tattoos and his physique which he attributes to his routine of going to the gym 11 times a week. All his automobiles and other assets could be taken away by the U.S. authorities upon conviction.
His social media is littered with pictures of him skydiving, attending exotic automobile events and posing with expensive jewelry and watches. In a post online, he wrote: ‘I’m 22. Workaholic. Occasional drawer. Gym rat. Cars are everything. Sleep is optional.’ Baratov also mentioned online that he was a professional programmer and active in the stock market.
In a photo, he boasted about his Apple Watch 2 – with a ‘very high quality leather band’ he bought separately. He wrote that he was ‘just in love with that leather band, quality is as high as it can get’.
Baratov had been described as a friend who treated his friends for dinner and buy them gifts. Kerry Carter, his neighbour, spoke with the Daily Mail Online, thought there was something strange about Baratov.
When he was still enrolled in high school, Baratov was suspended for death threats towards a friend and, in the midst of his suspension, had decided to drop out of school. Subsequently, he decided to continue his education online. Baratov also regularly posted photos online of drugs he consumed as weightlifting supplements.