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Alleged Russian hacker extradited to US

IANS  |  Washington 

A Russian accused of being the mastermind behind spreading through a large botnet, was extradited to the US, a statement from the said.

The statement published late Friday, said is "alleged to have controlled and operated the 'Kelihos botnet'.

The botnet was used to distribute hundreds of millions of fraudulent e-mails per year, intercept credentials to belonging to thousands of Americans and spread throughout our networks."

The accused who was extradited from was presented before a in on Friday.

Levashov, 37, with many alias, including Petr Levashov, Peter Severa, and Sergey Astakhov, is from in Russia, it said.

Levashov was detained on April 7, 2017, by Spanish authorities.

It is alleged that, for years, Levashov profited handsomely by controlling a botnet that infected computers and affected computer users all over the world.

Levashov is facing an eight-count indictment in the US -- with one count each of causing intentional damage to a protected computer, accessing a protected computer to commit fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, threatening to damage a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

He was also indicted on two counts of fraud in connection with email, News reported.

Levashov pleaded not guilty to all eight counts during his appearance, his Russian's told

Litvak said they have "no documents from the prosecutor's office, no evidence of crime."

Levashov had previously said his life would be in danger if Spanish authorities complied with the US extradition request and was afraid that he might face torture in "in order to extract Russian secrets".

The is also wanted in on cyber-crime charges, including hacking the site of a medical facility in and spreading issued an international warrant for his arrest in August.



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First Published: Sat, February 03 2018. 12:00 IST