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    The Spam King

    Incredible that people actually buy crap from those.


    Man allegedly responsible for a third of your spam e-mail to be arraigned – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

    A Russian man the FBI believes has been responsible for one-third of the spam you get in your inbox is scheduled to be arraigned in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, court Monday.

    According to court documents and FBI affidavits, researchers began tracking down the "Mega-D" spam automated botnet as a prime source of selling counterfeit goods, and the mastermind of it all is Oleg Nikolaenko

    "'Mega-D" was likely the largest botnet in the world, accounting for 32% of all spam," the court documents said. "Security researchers estimated that the botnet was capable of sending ten billion spam email messages a day.

    The documents show the scope of the counterfeit ring and the authorities' attempts to track down Nikolaenko.

    A glimpse into how much Nikolaenko's operation may have made can be seen in court documents that allege that he received a payment of $459,098.47 between June 4 and December 5, 2007, resulting from e-mails for those peddling everything from advertised erectile dysfunction drugs, other counterfeit prescriptions, "herbal remedies" and even fake Rolex watches.


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    Re: The Spam King

    I'm pretty sure he tried to sell me all of those things and more for years. Even the fake Rolexes I recognize.



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    Seriously, who are the people buying stuff from spam? My ISP provides a spam filter that usually snags around 300 emails a week, all spam. I've never opened one let along bought something.

    Granted, blasting out emails is pretty cheap, but whoever's doing it has SOME expenses, which means he's gotta make some revenue, which means someone is buying.


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    Re: The Spam King

    1 man responsible for 32% of all spam, 10 billion emails a day, this is a little over the top.



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    Re: The Spam King

    Quote Originally Posted by Naughtius View Post
    Seriously, who are the people buying stuff from spam? My ISP provides a spam filter that usually snags around 300 emails a week, all spam. I've never opened one let along bought something.

    Granted, blasting out emails is pretty cheap, but whoever's doing it has SOME expenses, which means he's gotta make some revenue, which means someone is buying.
    Somebody is, he made a half million dollars almost in 6 months in 2007 according to the court records, and that's just "referral" money.


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