Russian 'hacker' arrested in Spain

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Russian 'hacker' arrested in Spain

<p>An alleged Russian hacker has been arrested in Spain at the request of the American authorities.</p> <p>Pyotr Levashov was detained in Barcelona by Spanish police on Friday on a US computer crimes warrant.</p> <p>A Spanish court will hear whether he can be extradited to the US.</p> <p>Levashov’s wife <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-election-hacking-russia-spain-arrest-authorities-pyotr-levashov-barcelona-a7676251.html">Maria told Russian broadcaster RT</a> that the arrest had been made in connection with allegations that Russians had hacked the US presidential election.</p> <p>According to the cybersecurity site KrebsOnSecurity, Levashov was allegedly responsible for “running multiple criminal operations that paid virus writers and spammers to install ‘fake antivirus’ software” under the alias “Severa.”</p> <p>Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied Russia tried to influence the US 2016 election.</p>