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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 Kragoth on 6/8/2007 12:05:48 AM , Rating: 1
You have some "interesting" ideas on politics and life in general I must say. But, some of them are deeply flawed and lack a greater understanding of the world in which you live.

1. You said. "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer." This is true only by choice of those rich and poor people respectively. If you are poor you CAN become rich. All you have to do is make the right decisions and listen to the right people and work on your self development. This has been proven thousands of times and thus I can point out that you do not truly understand economics and personal development.

2. To prove a point you need to clearly state your argument, then back the argument up with some cold hard facts. Instead you only resort to claiming your opponent is ignorant (among other insults)

3. Is English even your first language? If so, maybe you should read what you type before posting it as it will lower people's opinion of you by posting using the level of English you do at the moment.

4. Unless you are a politician then I would seriously doubt you have any more understanding of the situation then many of your fellow citizens. Thus every person has the right to voice their opinion and you should treat everyone as though their opinion has merit unless you have evidence that you can produce to the contrary.

5. Try to formulate your response without making one insult or claim that I am ignorant or anything like that. :)

PS If you would like to get rich then go buy some personal development books.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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