“Top Ten” Spammer Snagged

No, he’s not on a sexy Maxim list. He’s on this, like, *other* list, snip:

Robert Alan Soloway, 27, from Seattle, appeared in a US court yesterday, accused of a series of federal crimes including mail fraud, email fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.
US authorities said such was the scale of his activities, web users could easily notice a reduction in the amount of junk email clogging their inboxes.
“He’s one of the top 10 spammers in the world,” said Tim Cranton, a lawyer and director of Microsoft’s Worldwide Internet Safety Programs.
“He’s a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day.”
It is the first time federal prosecutors have used identity theft laws to prosecute a spammer for taking over someone else’s internet domain name, theoretically leaving Mr Soloway facing a long prison sentence.
A federal grand jury last week returned a 35-count indictment against Mr Soloway. He pleaded not guilty at yesterday’s hearing, during which a judge ruled he was wealthy enough to pay for his own defence, even after having four bank accounts frozen by the government. He remains in custody ahead of a new hearing on Monday.


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