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 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.”
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.
Caught on a visit to the US from Russia. 20 years is too short for this bastard.