You all know what an advocate I am against SPAM!
Please join me today as we celebrate the capture of what authorities believe is the “Spam King”. 🙂
Robert Soloway, a 27-year-old Seattle resident dubbed the “Spam King” by federal authorities and exasperated Web users (myself included!), allegedly ran his business from his apartment.
Soloway is accused of violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act, which criminalizes large, commercial e-mail messages sent using an unauthorized computer or with the intent to hide the e-mail’s original source. The allegations could put Soloway in prison for decades.
Federal prosecutors are also seeking $772,998 from Soloway, which represents the proceeds of his activity.
Authorities said Soloway, in an apparent effort to hide his true identity online, constantly shifted domains, including registering with Chinese Internet service providers.
Additionally, he used slave computers, called “botnets,” to send spam that advertised his corporate Web sites, which contained false headers to obscure their true origins.
I’d love to think I had something to do with Soloway’s demise… but no way to be sure. I have taken a VERY active stance against spammers in the past six months, forwarding hundreds of identifiable spam messages to federal authorities. The FBI would neither confirm nor deny that any of my tips led to his arrest. Oh well… at least they caught the sucker!!!!
Here’s the complete story from CNN if you care to read it:
Have a great week!