Another Russian who is suspected of hacking U.S. election data systems has been arrested by U.S. law enforcement on 4/7/17 while he was traveling in Barcelona, Spain.
As we all have been informed, the U.S. government has formally accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party and other related emails to help the campaign of the U.S. republican President Donald Trump. The U.S. Congress is also investigating links between Russia and Trump during the election campaign.
In addition to this news item, check out the Tea Pain blog, footnoted below. It looks like the author has figured out the mystery of the data patterns among the computer systems of Alpha Bank, Spectrum and Trump Tower, all part of the Trump/Russia saga, analyzed by another blogger, Conspiritor0. He thinks he has spotted something mighty familiar: Database Replication.
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On 4/9/17, Angus Berwick of Reuters penned the following report, “Russian computer programmer arrested in Spain: embassy.”
“A Russian computer programmer, Pyotr Levashov, has been arrested in the Spanish city of Barcelona, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid said on Sunday.”
“It was unclear why Levashov was arrested. The embassy spokesman declined to give details for his arrest, and Spanish police and the interior ministry were not available for comment on Sunday (4/9/17).”
“Russian television station RT reported that 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.”
“Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, said: “The U.S. case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time.”
“The criminal division is separate from the national security division, which is responsible for investigating state-sponsored cyber crimes.”
“A U.S. Department of Justice official said it was a criminal matter without an apparent national security connection.”
“Spanish authorities notified the Russian embassy of Levashov’s arrest on 4/7/17, the embassy spokesman said.”