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Alleged Kelihos Botnet Author Arrested in Spain

A Russian national arrested by the Spanish police last week is believed to be the programmer behind the infamous Kelihos spam botnet.

The man, Pyotr Levashov, was arrested in Barcelona, Spain, while on vacation, supposedly on an arrest warrant issued by United States authorities. The arrest has been already confirmed by the Russian embassy in Madrid, but no official details on why he was detained have been provided.

While mainstream media initially reported that the arrest might be tied to an interference in last year's U.S. election, it appears that Levashov was actually arrested for his involvement in the development and running of a large spam botnet.

In December 2016, the U.S. officially attributed election hacks to Russian threat groups, and also announced a series of sanctions against Russian nationals, also related to the election hacks. The attribution report, however, failed to achieve its purpose, security experts argued.

According to Reuters, Russian television...(continued)

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