Russian arrested for allegedly hacking the US election

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Following the recent election in the US last year, a Russian has been arrested in Spain for allegedly playing a part in hacking the US presidential election.

The Russian embassy in Madrid confirmed the arrest to Reuters on Sunday of computer programmer Pyotr Levashov, who has been apprehended, although did not say what it was for. But according to Russian TV station RT, Levashov was arrested under a U.S. international arrest warrant and was suspected of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year’s U.S. election.

For a while now there has been rumors concerning the recent US presidential election, many believed  Trump’s victory was as a result of a ‘hack’ which was in favor of Donald Trump. US security agencies reported in January in a declassified report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hacking attacks and propaganda campaigns in the run up to last year’s election. The FBI confirmed last month that it was investigating claims that Russian hackers had links to President Donald Trump’s election team.

Although investigation is still going on, Levashov had been identified as a distributor of malware, security blogger Brian Krebs from Krebs on Security identified Levashov as an alleged spam king and distributor of malware.

The US Department of Justice and the Russian Embassy in Madrid are yet to respond to this.


Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States.

Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, he took charge of his family’s real estate and construction firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which was later renamed The Trump Organization. During his business career, Trump has built, renovated, and managed numerous office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1996 to 2015, and has lent the use of his name in the branding of various products. From 2004 to 2015, he hosted The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC. As of 2016, Forbes listed him as the 324th wealthiest person in the world and 113th richest in the United States, with a net worth of $4.5 billion.



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