Being a despiser of spam, this article was a welcome sign that those who we depend on looking out for us has done and are doing exactly that. What’s next for spam and those that create it no one knows but every journey begins with that first step.
“A 23-year-old Russian who the FBI alleges controlled computers that generated about one-third of the world’s spam – 10 billion e-mails a day – are under arrest.” ” Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel reports that Oleg Nikolaenko’s activities had been monitored by Milwaukee FBI agent Brett Banner, other FBI agents and investigators from the Federal Trade Commission.” “He allegedly set up a robot network, or “botnet,” that investigators call Mega-D to send out e-mails with false return addresses on behalf of clients selling counterfeit goods and shady services.” “He’s accused of violating the CAN-SPAM Act , which among other things requires that businesses use accurate e-mail addresses and correctly identify who is sending the messages.” “Nikolaenko was arrested during a visit to Las Vegas last month.” (Memmott, Mark, 12/02/2010, NPR, ‘King Of Spam’ Under Arrest , Retrieved from www.npr.org ).
Not sure how a Russian was able to capture so much of the market for email traffic and cause many to switch email carriers or stop using it all together. I do know that having my email for business purposes is a of great advantage but having to get through the spam takes way too much energy. We do not know what will happen to Mr. Nikolaenko and whether or not he will truly pay for all that his creation has lavished upon internet users but it is not a bad thing when rules are put into place to help us and are shown to work. Personally I had never heard of this CAN-SPAM Act but am happy to see something being done in regards to stopping the spam which plagues our emails. Now if only we could do something about the scams.