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U.S. Running after Russian Hackers


From early day's scams on online stock to the growing sophisticated world of botnets, Peter Severa, pseudonymous hacker, spent almost two decades in forefront of the Russian cybercrime.


As now, Pytor Levashov alleged as pioneering spam lord is in the custody of Spain, waiting for his extradition to US. Friend as well as foes alike has been describing this 36yr.old as ambitious operator, responsible for bringing internet underground to today's situation. Police have invaded his rented accommodation at Barcelona, Spain and marched him handcuffed to face charges for being one of the most notorious spam lords in the world.


Tillmann Werner, Technical Analysis Head in the U.S. cybersecurity organization CrowdStrike, said that Levashov is a pioneer who began his career when cybercrime of the current level did not even exist.


Arkansasonline.com posted on July 30th, 2017, stating that 36-year-old is accused of fraud and illegal interception of electronic communications but his spamming career is believed to stretch back to the turn of the era, when the business of filling email inbox with full of tones for cut-price pills and penny stocks was still mostly not regulated.


With Ralsky, Levashov is assumed to have entered into world of "pump-and-dump", a scheme which worked by sending big amount of emails talking up the value of lightly trade securities before selling those in profit, and then leave the gullible investors to bear the losses.


Pytor Levashov has been cybercrime nobility in Levashov's own right. As per Andrei Soldatov, expert on the Russian intelligence services, Levashov promoted the concept of teaming hackers with the Russian authorities, thus spearheading efforts of knocking out the anti-government websites.


When Levashov was finally arrested, Maria, his wife, was quoted as saying the arrest was "linked to Trump's win" which drew attention internationally.


Maria, wife of Levashov, was more hopeful. She has persuasively announced the innocence of her husband, saying that he was more of a businessman than a programmer and she has always found him playing video games whenever he was caught on the computer.

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