Russian man wanted by US alleged to be prolific spam master
July 30, 2017
MOSCOW (AP) — From the early days of online stock scams to the increasingly sophisticated world of botnets, pseudonymous hacker Peter Severa spent nearly two decades at the forefront of Russian cybercrime.
Now that a man alleged to be the pioneering spam lord, Pytor Levashov, is in Spanish custody awaiting extradition to the U.S., friends and foes alike are describing the 36-year-old as an ambitious operator who helped make the internet underground what it is today.
"Levashov is a pioneer who started his career when cybercrime as we know it today did not even exist," said Tillmann Werner,...