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Russian Spam King’s Guilty Plea Adds to U.S. Wins in Crackdown

Sept. 12, 2018, 10:18 PM

A Russian once known as a spam king pleaded guilty in the U.S. to charges tied to his operation of a worldwide botnet that was used to con users and steal personal information, user names and passwords.

Peter Levashov, who was previously extradited to the U.S. from Spain, was accused of commandeering a network of computers that at times exceeded 100,000. He used the so-called Kelihos botnet to distribute billions of spam emails advertising fake drugs, pump-and-dump penny stock schemes, work-at-home scams and other frauds, authorities said.

His guilty plea Sept. 12 is the newest development in a wide-ranging U.S. ...