Attacks/Breaches

2/2/2018
04:05 PM
50%
50%

Russian National Arrested for Kelihos Botnet Sent to US

Peter Levashov, among the world's most notorious email spammers, has been extradited to the US.

Peter Levashov, one of the world's most well-known email spammers and operator of the Kelihos botnet, has been extradited to the US from Spain. He awaits federal charges in Connecticut, where prosecutors say he used the botnet to harvest personal data.

Levashov, a Russian citizen, is accused of identity theft, wire fraud, and conspiracy. He was arrested in April 2017 while on holiday in Barcelona as part of a US Department of Justice effort to take down Kelihos. Officials said the operation was distributing hundreds of millions of fraudulent emails per year, intercepting credentials for online accounts belonging to thousands of Americans, and spreading ransomware. Indictment details were released later the same month.

The spammer initially claimed he was collecting data on opposition parties for the United Russia party, which later said he was unknown to them. Russia filed a competing extradition request; the Spanish National Court approved Levashov's extradition to the US in October.

In addition to driving spam and malware-rigged email campaigns, Levashov has been associated with click-fraud and DDoS operations. Many cyberattackers thought of him as a spam service provider. He was indicted, but not extradited, in 2009 for operating the Storm botnet.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
BrianN060
50%
50%
BrianN060,
User Rank: Ninja
2/4/2018 | 10:46:55 AM
Russian National Arrested for Kelihos Botnet Sent to US
This is a high information-density Quick Hits article -- well worth a thorough exploration. While some aspects of the story are readily apparent, a number of more subtle and sophisticated implications are revealed when you learn more of the backstory. 
Valentine's Emails Laced with Gandcrab Ransomware
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/14/2019
High Stress Levels Impacting CISOs Physically, Mentally
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writer,  2/14/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
5 Emerging Cyber Threats to Watch for in 2019
Online attackers are constantly developing new, innovative ways to break into the enterprise. This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at five emerging attack trends and exploits your security team should look out for, along with helpful recommendations on how you can prevent your organization from falling victim.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-8419
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-17
VNote 2.2 has XSS via a new text note.
CVE-2019-8421
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-17
upload/protected/modules/admini/views/post/index.php in BageCMS through 3.1.4 allows SQL Injection via the title or titleAlias parameter.
CVE-2019-8422
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-17
A SQL Injection vulnerability exists in PbootCMS v1.3.2 via the description parameter in apps\admin\controller\content\ContentController.php.
CVE-2019-7649
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-17
global.encryptPassword in bootstrap/global.js in CMSWing 1.3.7 relies on multiple MD5 operations for password hashing.
CVE-2019-8418
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-17
SeaCMS 7.2 mishandles member.php?mod=repsw4 requests.