Pyotr Levashov seated wearing blue shirt.

US Justice Department is working to dismantle the Kelihos botnet, a global computer network of tens of thousands of infected computers that sent millions of spam emails, harvested users’ login credentials and installed various malicious software every year. The Russian computer programmer allegedly in control of the massive botnet, Pyotr Levashov, was arrested in Spain over the weekend. Officials said the Kelihos botnet collected user credentials by intercepting network traffic and scouring infected computers for usernames and passwords. The stolen data was then used to further Levashov’s spamming operation that was advertised on multiple online criminal forums. Levashov was also known to rent out theRead More →