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Police Arrested Russian Man Allegedly Linked To U.S. Election Hacks

Law enforcement in Spain detained a Russian computer programmer on Friday in Barcelona who allegedly has links to the 2016 U.S. presidential election hacks.

Pyotr Levashov was arrested on a U.S. computer crimes warrant that also includes an extradition request, which will be examined by the Spanish courts in the coming weeks.

Levashov is an alleged “spam kingpin” who has operated under the alias Peter Severa, according to several cybersecurity experts who have reported on him in the past. However, a legal source disclosed to the AFP news agency, under anonymity, that the computer engineer was suspected of participation in “hacking the election campaign.”

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