Spain: US Justice Department specialized reason for programmer Levashov's detention

Spain: US Justice Department specialized reason for programmer Levashov's detention
US Department of Justice

According to law enforcement agencies, through a malicious program, he collected user credentials and sent out e-mails advertising fake medicines.⁠

Russian programmer Pyotr Levashov was detained in Spain on suspicion of organizing a network for sending spam. This is reported by the statement of the US Department of Justice.

It is reported that Levashov ran a botnet (a network of infected computers - ed.) Kelihos since 2010. According to law enforcement agencies, he collected user credentials and sent out e-mails advertising fake medicines through a malicious program. In addition, the botnet Kelihos intercepted passwords of bank user accounts.

As noted by the Ministry of Justice, malicious programs Kelihos intended for computers running the operating system Microsoft Windows.

Earlier, in April, a programmer from St. Petersburg, Pyotr Levashov, was detained in Spain on a US request. The court in Barcelona held a hearing with the Madrid court on Skype, during which it was decided to arrest the Russian.

A similar case occurred in January with programmer Stanislav Lisov, who was detained at the Barcelona airport. The police said they were doing this at the request of the FBI and Interpol. Lisov is suspected of developing NeverQuest (bank Trojan), which gave access to computers of other individuals and financial institutions.

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