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Top spammer caught on 35 counts of fraud, identity theft, money laundering

The war against spam seems to be never-ending, but a small battle was won earlier this week. Robert Alan Soloway, 27, was arrested Wednesday in Seattle on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, email fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Soloway pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"Spam is a scourge of the Internet, and Robert Soloway is one of its most prolific practitioners. Our investigators dubbed him the Spam King because he is responsible for millions of spam e-mails," Jeffrey Sullivan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, said in a statement.

Soloway allegedly spammed the masses in email fraud since 2003 by using hijacked computers from around the world, and covered his tracks using Chinese servers, fabricated websites and stolen identities.

According to the Washington Post: “Soloway's company, Newport Internet Marketing, defrauded its customers by offering to send a high volume of legitimate e-mail marketing messages or to sell software that could be used in mass mailings. Neither approach performed as advertised but generated a torrent of spam. When customers complained, Soloway allegedly refused to provide assistance or refund the sales, instead threatening to charge them with additional fees and refer them to collections agencies.”

Anti-spam agency Spamhaus once named Soloway in its top ten list of worst offenders, though he’s since been outpaced by even greater threats from eastern Europe. "He is one of the bad ones. He's one of the longest-running and uses criminal methods all the time," said John Reid, an investigator with Spamhaus. "Anyone on the Web for a while would have received one of Soloway's spams."

This isn’t the first time Soloway has run into the legal system for his spamming activities. In 2005, Microsoft won a $7.8 million judgment against him for his spoofing of MSN and Hotmail email addresses. Unfortunately, the $7.8 million could never be collected because Soloway’s funds and bank accounts remained elusive.

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RE: how about...
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 6/1/2007 5:19:12 PM , Rating: -1
That was a cute foray into wikipedia, but what
about reversing that? Are you saying that one
event did not cause the next and the next.
Please come back when you revisit your doctor tomorrow and explain the rest to all of us since you're so very fond of your studies and awearness of yourself.

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RE: how about...
By johnsonx on 6/5/2007 5:46:55 PM , Rating: 1
Republicans disown ButterFlyEffect78

June 5, 2007 - Washington, D.C. - Mike Duncan, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, was asked about the party affiliation of ButterFlyEffect78. "He's not one of ours, no way. The Republican Party is a big tent party, but not THAT big. We'd rather he didn't even use the word." A national politcal party disowning an individual person is a very unusual step. Asked why it was necessary in this case, Duncan replied "Look, the guy's totally nuts. Just like the Democrats, we've got a nut wing in our party too, and even they didn't want him."

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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