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Russian Hacker, 23, Accused of Sending One-Third of World's Spam

submitted on December 4, 2010 by jack69darin in "Member's Lounge"
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.

  • 90609
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    Posted by tammy987 on December 4, 2010
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    They must be really bored over there in Russia, there was another one caught about a month ago.
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    Posted by sareece on December 5, 2010
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    Holy cow... I am in the wrong business! Spam here I come!... not really though, who has that much time!?
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on December 5, 2010
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    If it's a first time offense he probably won't see any jail time...and a $250k fine is nothing if he's bringing in almost a million a year. He'll just be more careful from now on.
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    Posted by bert on December 5, 2010
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    If he goes to prison I bet they will give him access to a computer!!!LOL
  • 90756
    Posted by YanBz on December 5, 2010
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    So the claim is that he earned (at least) half a million from illegal activities and the fine is just 250K? Where is justice? Eeek

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