is it the end of spam?

1 06 2007

The good news is that one of the top ten ‘most wanted’ spammers has been arrested. The bad news is that it will not even have a tiny dint in the amount of spam we are receiving. But his arrest is symbolic and it is still a good thing.

The spammer is 27 year old Robert Alan Soloway and he is on a Spamhaus list of 135 spammers responsible for as much as 80% of all junk e-mail:

Soloway sent out unsolicited bulk e-mails using networks of compromised computers called “zombies.” These are generally home computers whose owners typically have no idea that their machines have been infected with viruses or other malicious programs; service providers can’t easily block messages from zombies because they are mixed in with legitimate messages. [link]

 

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