Extradited to the USA the Russian programmer pleaded guilty in cybercrime

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Peter, Lavasoft: Maria Levashova

Russian programmer Peter Levashov, accused the US of fraud, cybercrime and identity theft, pleaded guilty in a us court. The hearing took place in Hartford, Connecticut, reported on the website of the Ministry of justice of the country.

“For more than two decades he ran botnets that allowed him to collect personal information from infected computers that spread spam and malicious software used to facilitate numerous attacks,” said the prosecution.

According to investigators, the programmer used a botnet Kelihos, and also participated in online forums where stolen data is sold passports, credit cards and the tools to commit cybercrimes. “Years, sir he lived quite comfortably, while his actions hampered the lives of thousands of Internet users around the world,” — said the Prosecutor General.

The verdict will be pronounced on 6 September 2019. Prior to this, the Russians will stay in custody.

Levashov was detained at the request of the United States in April 2017 in Barcelona, where he was vacationing with his family. The Americans believe that he has created a computer network such as a botnet Kelihos, through which “controlled hundreds of thousands of computers” spread the viruses and extortion. First, the programmer refused to admit guilt.

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