SEATTLE: Robert A Soloway (27), who reportedly gloried in his 'King of Spam' nickname, was arrested late last week, and charged with 35 offences of fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
Following his arraignment, federal authorities claimed the global online community could notice an immediate decrease in the amount of junk email.
Prosecutors say web-users who clicked on Soloway's infected emails and websites unwittingly took part in his criminal serial spamming via a network of hijacked 'zombie' computers. This plexus churned out many tens of millions of unsolicited email messages over the past four years
Whoops John Reid, an investigator with Spamhaus, a European spam-fighting organization: "He is one of the bad ones. He's one of the longest-running and uses criminal methods all the time. Anyone on the Web for a while would have received one of Soloway's spams."
But it's premature for anti-spam enforcers to break out the champagne. According to Spamhaus, there are even more sophisticated operators, primarily in Russia and Ukraine, pumping out the cyberdross.
Data sourced from WashingtonPost.com; additional content by WARC staff