Russian hacker pleads guilty for role in Kelihos botnet

Olivia Beavers reports:

A renowned Russian hacker on Wednesday pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court for his involvement in the Kelihos botnet, a global network of hijacked computers that he used to obtain users’ private or financial information.

The Kelihos botnet harvested thousands of login credentials, spewed out a bulk of spam e-mails and installed malicious software of these computer networks, according to a Justice Department press release.

“For over two decades, Peter Levashov operated botnets which enabled him to harvest personal information from infected computers, disseminate spam, and distribute malware used to facilitate multiple scams,” Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said in a statement.

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