In the US, explained the arrest of a Russian programmer in spamming
The U.S. justice Department explained the detention of a Russian Peter Levashov that he was involved in sending spam using a botnet. Earlier it was reported that the programmer was suspected in cyber attacks during the American elections.
Russian programmer Peter Levashov, who was detained in Spain at the request of the U.S., is accused of sending spam using a botnet. This is stated in the official statement of the Ministry of justice.
From the document follows that Levashov detained during the operation to stop the activities of a botnet called Kelihos. According to authorities, the programmer ran it in 2010. “On 8 April we launched an operation to block malicious domains associated with the Kelihos botnet in order to prevent the further spread of malware. This case demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to the principle of the pursuit and eradication of cyber threats, no matter where in the world they are” — presented in the statement of the word the agent of the Federal Bureau of investigation, Charge of Ritzman.
The statement of the Ministry of justice also reported that the Kelihos botnet “had generated and distributed huge amounts of junk emails,” in which, inter alia, contained advertising of counterfeit medicines.
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Levashov was detained on 9 April, during a trip to Barcelona. His wife Maria said that the programmer was suspected of involvement in hacking attacks during the presidential elections in the United States.