Thursday, May 31, 2007

Top Spammer Arrested

According the Associated Press, the federal government has arrested a man they describe as being one of the top spammers in the world. They even claim users could notice a decrease in spam because of his arrest.

They accuse of 27 year-old Robert Alan Soloway using other people's computers to send out spam without their knowledge - so called "zombie computers". Apparently, a federal grand jury has already indicted him on several charges, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The government stated that this is the first time the federal government has charged a spammer with violating laws against identity theft.

Soloway has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Microsoft, which has been aggressive in going after spammers, won a $7 million civil judgment against him back in 2005, and the operator of a small Internet service provider in Oklahoma won a $10 million judgment. The article quotes Tim Cranton of Microsoft saying, "He's one of the top 10 spammers in the world."


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