Spain Arrests Alleged Spam King from Russia


Spanish officials have detained certain computer programmer from Russia who apparently is a highly notorious spam-king worldwide.


Reuters reports that police in Spain nabbed Pyotr Levashov within the purview of one international warrant issued and fructified inside Barcelona. RT, a national television channel in Russia reported that the arrest took place while Levashov along with family was holidaying in Spain.


Cyber-security investigators from the West say the accused is Peter Severa although in certain quarters there's doubt Levashov and Severa are the same individual.


Actually, various stories posted on KrebsOnSecurity suggest that Levashov has a more familiar name Severa which a significant person on several Russian cyber-crime sites used as his moniker. Severa acted as moderator with respect to many online communities' spam subsections and while acting thus, he became literally the key player linking virus authors to big spam botnets, some of which Severa apparently amassed as also sold himself.


News media in Russia at first didn't say whether Levashov's arrest was tied to suspicion by U.S intelligence agencies about his being one of Russian state-backed hackers interfering within the presidential election of 2016 in USA. Intelligence agencies of USA allege that Russian hackers gained access to the servers belonging to DNC (Democratic National Committee) as well as the e-mail, which the campaign chairman of Hillary Clinton used, with the objective of exposing documents that would help the election steer to Donald J. Trump. posted this, April 9, 2017.


Peter Carr Spokesman of Justice Department stated that a seal had been put to the USA case; therefore, there was no information readily available.


Incase law enforcement authorities substantiate that Levashov and Severa are the same person then Levashov's detention could considerably lead to prosecution of Russia's computer and spam perpetrators. It's said Russia's Internet holds pirated and pornography content while helps run worldwide fraud campaigns.


Moreover, evidences show Severa being perpetrator of the spam network Waledac which over many years contaminated 70K-90K PCs while sent 1.5bn-or-so spam mails daily. Severa as well moderated a forum which only members use and once drew nearly every day visits from the most prolific spammers of Russia.

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