Hacker pleads guilty after infecting 50,000 computers with ransomware

Hacker pleads guilty after infecting 50,000 computers with ransomware

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.

Read the full article here.

Copyright Lyonsdown Limited 2021

Top Articles

With cyber attacks on the rise, the Royal Family seeks a cyber security expert

The Royal Household is looking for a cyber security engineer to monitor networks and protect digital systems from hacking attacks.

Colonial Pipeline paid $5 million in ransom to DarkSide ransomware group

Colonial Pipeline paid $5 million to the DarkSide ransomware group to restore operations within hours after a ransomware attack paralysed fuel supplies in the U.S. east coast.

HSE forced to shut down computer systems due to 'significant cyber attack'

Ireland's public healthcare system, HSE, has been forced to shut down its computer systems as hospital administrators became aware of a 'significant ransomware attack' on Thursday evening.

Related Articles