The Russian government filed a report on Friday officially confronting the US government’s intention to hand over a suspected computer hacker detained this year in Barcelona in continuous efforts by Moscow to resist similar United States prosecutions.
St. Petersburg local Pyotr Levashov was nabbed April 7 while on vacation with family in Spain and later accused by the United States Justice Department in association with reported operation of the Kelihos botnet — a huge, globally distributed network of infected systems that cybercriminals used to spread bulk spam emails and install ransomware before being destroyed some months back, this year.
The Justice Department is actively attempting his handover, and Moscow is formally going with the suit. Counsels in Russia submitted a report opposing this request with Spanish supremacy briefly before a similar hearing commenced on Friday and then made known to the Spain’s National Court that the United States case is politically driven, Russian state media stated.
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Mr. Levashov, 37yrs, had “entry to details making up state secrets via the university in St. Petersburg” and also “had entry to details about Russian missiles,” defense attorney Albert Carles Subariets disagreed, from the RIA Novosti.
Speaking via a court translator, the defendant, o his own side, stated he thought he’ll be put in drug and tortured if handed over to United States and scared for his health, the newswire stated.
The hearing was finally suspended till next week so the recent paperworks could be examined, The Associated Press stated from Spain.
Russia’s embassy in Madrid made known that Moscow is taking the necessary steps to make sure the suspect is not sent to US, Russia’s Interfax news agency stated.
History of related activities to Levashov
The conversely-extradition request put forward on Friday is the third occurrence in current months where Moscow has interceded in the Trump government intention to accuse alleged Russian cybercriminals.
Evgeny Nikulin was nabbed in Prague in 2016 in association with supposedly hacking LinkedIn, and Xanthippe Moyssidou was nabbed in Greece 2 months ago for allegedly controlling an online currency exchange indicted of money laundering, and Russia is actively confronting intentions by the United States to get them handed over either.
Mr. Levashov assisted cybercriminals run malicious actions like harvest login details, spread spam and install ransomware by supposedly controlling the Kelihos botnet, stated by the Justice Department. The network of infected system involved many thousands of machines before it was destroyed this year in association with Mr. Levashov’s detention.