May 31, 2007

Major Spammer Arrested

He's just one but apparently he's a big fish in the Internet pond.

Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised “zombie” computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails.

“He’s one of the top 10 spammers in the world,” said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company’s Worldwide Internet Safety Programs. “He’s a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day.”

A federal grand jury last week returned a 35-count indictment against Soloway charging him with mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

Soloway pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to all charges after a judge determined that — even with four bank accounts seized by the government — he was sufficiently well off to pay for his own lawyer.

He has been living in a ritzy apartment and drives an expensive Mercedes convertible, said prosecutor Kathryn Warma. Prosecutors are seeking to have him forfeit $773,000 they say he made from his business, Newport Internet Marketing Corp.

If there is any justice in this country, this guy will be locked up in a Federal maximum security "pound-you-in-the-ass" facility until he dies of old age.

Posted by Gary at May 31, 2007 09:22 AM | TrackBack

Death penalty.
Either that or a lifetime in solitary -- having to listen to telemarketers all day.

Posted by: rbj at May 31, 2007 08:44 AM

The Russian solution wastes less of my tax money and solves the problem faster.

Posted by: John at May 31, 2007 10:03 AM