Russian Accused of Running Spam Ring is Indicted in US

Maria Dinzeo reports:

A federal grand jury in Connecticut indicted Russian national Peter Yuryevich Levashov on eight counts of fraud, conspiracy and identity theft Friday, over his role in the Kelihos botnet that prosecutors say Levashov helped infect with malicious software.

Levashov, 36, was arrested by Spanish authorities in Barcelona on April 7. Prosecutors believe he disseminated spam and malware that distributed more than 25,000 spam emails advertising counterfeit drugs, work-at-home schemes and other scams. Through these emails, he was able to install malware and take over tens of thousands of infected computers.

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