Spammer once sued by Microsoft is arrested in Seattle
The Seattle Time reports:
“A notorious spammer once sued by Microsoft was arrested in Seattle this morning, a week after a federal grand jury indicted him under seal for allegedly illegal — and prolific — spamming. Robert Alan Soloway, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court on 35 counts of mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with electronic mail. The indictment was unsealed after Soloway’s arrest just before 8 a.m.” The Seattle Times.
This guy was sued by Microsoft in 2005 because he allegedly sent e-mails that appeared to come from Hotmail and MSN. The e-mails were sent under his company Newport Internet Marketing. Soloway also had a $10 million judgment against him when a businessman from Oklahoma sued him in 2005 under the federal CAN-SPAM act.
Feds are saying that you may find less spam on your computer since his arrest. If there were a top 10 list for America’s Most Wanted spammers, this guy would have been on the list. I am not too sure if his arrest would make such a significant reduction in spam. In July 2005, Christopher Smith of Minnesota, one of the world’s most prolific spammer was arrested on his arrival in United States from Dominican Republic. He moved around his operation to China, Malaysia, and other countries. It doesn’t seem that his arrest put any major dent in the spam business. Unfortunately, there are way too many spammers around. And the fight goes on…