Friday, December 3, 2010

FBI issue warrant for Russian Mega-D botnet controller - - 02 Dec 2010

23 year old accused of sending third of world’s spam

A Russian man has been charged with running the Mega-D botnet, which was at one time producing around a third of the world’s spam.

According to an FBI affidavit [PDF] Oleg Nikolaenko, 23, took millions of dollars from companies looking to advertise fake Rolexes, herbal remedies and counterfeit medicine and at one point sent 32 per cent of the world’s total spam emails. He was arrested at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas this month and will appear in court in Milwaukee this week.

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By Iain Thomson

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