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Russian hacker Peter Levashov arrested regarding the Kelihos botnet

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April 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) asserts that the Russian hacker Peter Levashov was arrested in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago for his involvment with the Kelihos botnet.

Levashov said he'd been told the arrest was due to his creation of a virus linked to Russia's suspected interference in the recent U.S. presidential election.

The DoJ said in a statement that Levashov will be charged with harvesting login credentials, distributing bulk spam emails and installing ransomware and other malicious software on computers.

For now, it's not clear whether Levashov has been involved in other similar attacks in the past, but the investigation is ongoing.

The DoJ added that Levashov sent several spam messages urging recipients to buy shares as part of a pump and dump scam, among other crimes.

If the United States can extradite Levashov, he'll have a decent idea of what awaits him because the DoJ has also proudly proclaimed that carder Roman Seleznev, aka “Track2”, has been handed 27 years inside a federal prison for stealing 2.9 million credit cards he mostly hacked from point-of-sale (PoS) systems.

Surprisingly, Seleznev is actually the son of a Russian member of parliament, and was found guilty in August of last year, and was sentenced last week.

And his other trials aren't over either-- he faces new charges of racketeering, bank fraud and wire fraud. The investigations in the two involved are ongoing and more details are expected soon.

Source: The Apache Software Foundation.

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