Russian Investigation Continues Apace, but Cable News Stops Reporting on it
In the last post we looked at the explosive charges that Russia knew of Syrian attack in advance.
It’s clear what the benefit has been for Russia and Trump: the story of Trump-Russia conclusion is off the front pages and off of cable news.
The Palmer Report:
“Trump-Russia investigation is picking up steam. Cable news just isn’t talking much about it this week.”
It’s also put a totally different complexion on Tillerson’s Russian visit today.
“Rex Tillerson’s seemingly cozy ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew bipartisan alarm and nearly derailed his confirmation as secretary of state.”
“But some three months later, as the former ExxonMobil CEO heads to Moscow on his first trip as America’s top diplomat, it’s hard to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin once gave him an “Order of Friendship” award.”
Exactly. It makes it seem like there is distance between Tillerson and Russia while Tillerson’s job is to get rid of the Russian sanctions.
The big election news is Spain has arrested of the Russian hacker Pyotr Levashov.
“This is the first picture of Pyotr Levashov, an alleged Russian cyber spam kingpin held in Spain, suspected by the FBI of hacking the U.S. election.”
- Wife Maria Levashova told the Russian media how the Levashov was detained on a U.S. arrest warrant by police in Barcelona on Friday
- ‘They were saying something about a virus allegedly created by my husband – and that it was linked to Trump’s victory,’ she said
- Cyber security experts claim that Levashov is also the real identity of Peter Severa, the designer of malware used in a number of high profile spam attacks
So the investigation is proceeding apace, but it’s been knocked off the headlines recently:
“Cyber security expert Brian Krebs said on his blog that Levashov is believed to be one of the world’s most notorious spam kingpins who uses the alias Peter Severa and is currently listed seventh on the Top 10 Worst Spammers list published by Spamhaus.”
“According to numerous stories here at KrebsOnSecurity, Levashov was better known as “Severa,” the hacker moniker used by a pivotal figure in many Russian-language cybercrime forums. Severa was the moderator for the spam subsection of multiple online communities, and in this role served as the virtual linchpin connecting virus writers with huge spam networks — including some that Severa allegedly created and sold himself.”
“Levashov is currently listed as #7 in the the world’s Top 10 Worst Spammers list maintained by anti-spam group Spamhaus. The U.S. Justice Department maintains that Severa was the Russian partner of Alan Ralsky, a convicted American spammer who specialized in “pump-and-dump” spam schemes designed to artificially inflate the value of penny stocks.”
The DOJ may not be saying much, but they did just release a trove of documents:
The Justice Dept just released a ton of docs on Peter "Severa" Levashov and his alleged control over Kelihos botnet https://t.co/Ojm7Bqvkkn
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) April 10, 2017
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