Update: Spain arrests accused Russian spammer at U.S. request

A Russian man long connected with sending spam emails has been arrested and is being held in Spain, with a law enforcement source contradicting news reports saying he was involved with a computer virus linked to President Donald Trump’s recent election victory.


The arrest of Piotr Levashov at the Barcelona airport on Friday was not tied to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, said the source, who is close to the investigation. That contradicts news reports from Agence France-Presse (AFP) and other news outlets, which said Levashov’s wife, Maria Levachova, was told his arrest was connected to Trump’s election.

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Source: Computerworld.com | Security

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