Semalt Expert Speaks About The Most Dangerous Email Spammer In the World3 min read

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Ewan Hollander

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In the course of the article, Julia Vashneva, the Senior Customer Success Manager of Semalt Digital Services, is going to tell you about the most famous and as well dangerous spammer in the world – Russian spammer, Peter Levashov.

Federal agents traveled to Moscow a couple of years ago to enlist the help of the Russian counterparts. They wanted to arrest the most dangerous email spammers in the world but were rebuffed. An American law enforcement company informed them about the issue. The spammer used the pseudonym Peter Sevara and was safeguarded by the Russian government. Thus, no one could touch or harm him. Eventually, the agents went back and waited till their target would make mistakes.

The good news is that he did make a mistake and went to Barcelona for vacations. The government of Spain was after him for years, and the police officers burst into the hotel rooms where this spammer was staying with his wife and other family members. He was arrested at that time, and the cybersecurity officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided to investigate this case. This bad guy had shut down tons of computers by flooding them with viruses. Finally, the Department of Justice releases the court papers blaming this hacker. His original name is Peter Levashov. He was accused of fraud and illegal interception of electronic conversations. Peter was expected to be transferred to the United States for further investigations.

Officials claimed that he was arrested and his network was more extensive than ever. For years, this man used his empire for enriching himself by undertaking fraud activities. President Donald Trump is hoping that this spammer will see his fate soon. In the past, Kremlin had deplored similar arrests all over the country. The Spanish police successfully arrested Mr. Levashov; and before that, he was arrested in another country but was released due to the involvement of the Russian government.

Now, it is hoped that lots of other spammers will also be arrested as the governments are taking severe measures against them. The police officers and cybersecurity agents followed Levashov for years, to be precise since 2006. Until now, this man has made trillions of dollars using his network of companions and has hacked lots of computers by injecting his malware (Kelihos) in them.

The cost of spam campaigns ranges from $300 to $700 per email. He had offered discounts to his customers, luring them to his offers and wanted to steal their money. The main target of Mr. Levashov was American computers. So far, it’s not clear why he risked his life by traveling abroad with his family. However, the cybersecurity researchers say that he had tried to hide his identity while moving from Russia to Spain.

The FBI had received information that Levashov left his country and was traveling to Barcelona for vacations. American police officers took an immediate action and wanted to arrest him as soon as possible. During the mission, FBI agents used powers that were granted under the amendments to what is called as Rule 41 of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It allowed them to stop this person from infecting more and more computers with viruses. And now, Levashov is going to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Ewan Hollander

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