And Julian Assange thought he was special.
The FBI says Oleg Nikolaenko, a 23-year-old Russian man, is responsible for sending 10 billion spam e-mails a day, a figure authorities say represents a third of the world's unwanted e-mails. The FBI has accused him of infecting more than 500,000 computers with a virus that turned them into spam-spewing robots that sent out solicitations for everything from erectile dysfunction drugs to Rolex knockoffs.
Nikolaenko, who has been charged with violating an anti-spam act, pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment in federal court in Milwaukee, according to The Associated Press.
The accused hacker was arrested last month in Las Vegas during a visit to a car show. Nikolaenko's attorney, Christopher Van Wagner, said they would contest the charges. "We're prepared to present a rigorous defense," he told the Journal Sentinel in Wisconsin. The paper said he has a wife and son in Russia.
It's not clear how much money the 23-year-old accused "king of spam" made from his alleged scheme, but authorities say he earned $459,098.47 alone during a six-month span in 2007, according to CNN.
If convicted, Nikolaenko could face up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.