One Individual Sent One-Third Of All Spam Emails-Believe It Or Not

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 How many spam emails you get a day?  They come with different header, some of them even show legitimate from addresses, it is difficult to believe that these from tags were rigged to look genuine. 

Some of these spam emails have attachments that may potentially install malicious software on your computer, others may be seeking buyers for goods and services.  According to a new report, a third of those emails were sent by one individual. Is it something that you can believe!  Well, if FBI says so, we may have to believe it.

A Russian man the FBI believes has been responsible for one-third of the spam you get in your inbox is scheduled to be arraigned in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, court Monday, according to  a recent CNN news report.

According to court documents and FBI affidavits, researchers began tracking down the "Mega-D" spam automated botnet as a prime source of selling counterfeit goods, and the mastermind of it all is Oleg Nikolaenko.

"'Mega-D" was likely the largest botnet in the world, accounting for 32% of all spam," the court documents said. "Security researchers estimated that the botnet was capable of sending ten billion spam email messages a day.”

The documents show the scope of the counterfeit ring and the authorities' attempts to track down Nikolaenko.

A glimpse into how much Nikolaenko's operation may have made can be seen in court documents that allege that he received a payment of  $459,098.47 between June 4 and December 5, 2007, resulting from e-mails for those peddling everything from advertised erectile dysfunction drugs, other counterfeit prescriptions, "herbal remedies" and even fake Rolex watches.

Read more at CNN News

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