Thursday, May 31, 2007
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Man described as a top spammer arrested

- A 27-year-old man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.

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.

It is remarkable to think that shutting down one guy would actually produce a noticeable decrease in spam.

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3 Responses to “Spammers Headed to the Slammer”

  1. anatol Says:

    Nise site!

  2. The Florida Masochist Says:


    I’ll actually believe it when it happens. Why do spammers target old blog posts on a blog that gets 300-400 hits a day? That’s my blog, and I still don’t get it. What good is the trackback they’re sending going to do anyway if no one will ever read it?


  3. Dr. Steven Taylor Says:

    They do it to increased their Google rankings–links from one blog to another helps move them up the search results.

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