Spain arrests alleged Russian cybercriminal over creating virus that helped Trump to win elections
The USA requested the extradition of Pyotr Levashov, suspected of creating a computer virus that helped Donald Trump to win the presidential elections.
St Petersburg resident Pyotr Levashov was arrested in Barcelona. He went there on vacation with his wife, according to the Kommersant Newspaper.
The Spanish police burst into their rented apartment in the middle of the night, arrested her husband, and confiscated all their electronic devices, according to Maria Levashova.
“I asked for an order or some other paperwork but they told me they showed them to my husband. I spoke to my husband on the phone when he was taken to police station. He told me he was shown some document in Spanish with a low-res photo of him. They said something about a virus that my husband had allegedly created and that it has something to do with Trump winning the presidential elections,” Levashova said.
The Barcelona and Madrid City Courts held a joint hearing via Skype and arrested her husband, according to Levashova. The Russian Consulate in Madrid told her Levashov is not the only one in such a situation. A Consulate representative is going to visit Levashov on Monday.
Maria Levashova asked human rights advocate and Vice President of the Russian arm of the International Human Rights Defence Committee Aleksandr Ionov for help, as pointed out by lenta.ru. Ionov defended Stanislav Lisov, another Russian programmer arrested in Spain on January 13. The USA suspects Lisov of developing the NeverQuest Trojan used to steal bank data. On March 14, the USA requested Spain to extradite him.
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