It was reported on Monday that Spanish law enforcement authorities have arrested a Russian hacker that has been accused actions for helping Donald Trump win his 2016 Presidential Election.
Pyotr Levashov was arrested on April 7 in Barcelona as a result of a USA International Warrant. The BBC reports:
Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.
A “legal source” also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.
The request is due to be examined by Spain’s national criminal court, the agency added.
El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr. Levashov’s arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected “hacking” that helped Donald Trump’s campaign.
Mr. Levashov’s wife Maria also told Russian broadcaster RT that the arrest was made in connection with such allegations.
Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr. Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias, Peter Severa.
Russia’s efforts to this end allegedly included hacking into email accounts used by the Democratic National Committee; using intermediaries such as WikiLeaks to release hacked information, and funding social media users or “trolls” to make nasty comments.
Hopefully, this guy will be extradited back to the US, and we can finally put our cheating President behind bars.