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Russian man accounted for a third of global spam: FBI

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old Russian operated a huge network of infected computers that sent billions of spam e-mails marketing counterfeit goods and accounted for a third of global spam, the FBI said.

An affidavit written by an FBI cyber crimes expert released this week outlined an international scheme run by Russian native Oleg Nikolaenko that earned him millions of dollars from sellers of fake Rolex watches and "male enhancement drugs" before it was shut down.

Nikolaenko, 23, was arrested at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas in early November, where he was attending a car show, and charged with one count of violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. More...

12-03-2010 18:08