Hacker pleads guilty after infecting 50,000 computers with ransomware
September 19, 2018
17 months after the arrest of Peter Yuryevich Levashov in Barcelona, the world’s 7th worst spammer finally pleaded guilty to computer crime, wire fraud, conspiracy and identity theft.
As operator of the botnets Kelihos, the Storm and Waledac, he is responsible for infecting more than 50,000 computers worldwide to send spam emails, ransomware and steal login credentials.
Primarily, Levashov had been suspected of being involved in 2016 U.S. pre-election cyber attacks against the Democratic Party. He has, however, only pleaded guilty for his activity in the Kelihos botnet.
For the last ten years he had been working for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party until his arrest in April 2017.
According to TheHackerNews, he will remain in custody until September 6, 2019, when he is to be sentenced.