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Russian Hacker Arrested In Spain On Suspicion Of Hacking US Election

Levashov arrested under a U.S. international arrest warrant

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 10th April 2017 @ 2.08pm
pyotr levashov has been arrested in barcelona  spain for suspicion of  hacking  the us elections in 2016 © press
Pyotr Levashov has been arrested in Barcelona, Spain for suspicion of 'hacking' the US elections in 2016.

A Russian computer programmer named Pyotr Levashov has been arrested in Barcelona, Spain for suspicion of 'hacking' the US elections in 2016.

Levashov was arrested under a U.S. international arrest warrant, the embassy spokesman refused to comment on details of the arrest as well as Spanish police.

Indiatoday reports: Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division, said: "The U.S. case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time."

The criminal division is separate from the national security division, which is responsible for investigating state-sponsored cyber crimes.

A U.S. Department of Justice official said it was a criminal matter without an apparent national security connection.

Spanish authorities notified the Russian embassy of Levashov's arrest on Friday, the embassy spokesman said.

In January, Spanish police arrested another Russian computer programmer, whose name was given as "Lisov" and who was wanted by the United States for leading a financial fraud network.

The U.S. government has formally accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party emails to help the campaign of Republican President Donald Trump. The U.S. Congress is also examining links between Russia and Trump during the election campaign.

Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied that Russia tried to influence the election.

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