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FBI Targets Young Russian Spam Kingpin

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  1. wallofiron

    wallofiron Power Member

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    What's this all about? Is this someone here?

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/internet/fbi-targets-young-russian-spam-kingpin

    NOVEMBER 30--An FBI investigation has identified the young Russian man behind the notorious ?Mega-D? botnet, the malicious network of more than 500,000 infected computers that was capable of sending ten billion spam e-mails a day and, until late last year, reportedly accounted for nearly a third of the spam clogging the Internet, The Smoking Gun has learned.
    An ongoing grand jury probe is targeting Oleg Nikolaenko, a 23-year-old Moscow resident, for allegedly violating the anti-spam law, as well as ?abetting violations of the mail and wire fraud statutes,? according to an affidavit sworn last month by an FBI agent (an excerpt from that document can be found here).

    Nikolaenko has not been previously tied to the creation or operation of "Mega-D" (nor, for that matter, has anyone else been publicly linked to the mysterious, and illegal, botnet).

    Federal investigators believe that Nikolaenko?s ?Mega-D? botnet sent billions of e-mails on behalf of scam artists peddling fake Rolexes, counterfeit prescription medications, purported erectile dysfunction drugs, and ?herbal remedies? not approved by government regulators.

    Two of these online hustlers--Jody Smith and Lance Atkinson--have provided investigators with details of their dealings with Nikolaenko, who has used the online moniker ?Docent.? Smith pleaded guilty last August to a felony conspiracy count and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison (he is scheduled to be released from the Leavenworth penitentiary in late-January). Atkinson, an Australian citizen, has told investigators that ?his largest spamming affiliates were Russian.?

    Using grand jury subpoenas, FBI agents have obtained financial records showing that, for example, Nikolaenko received $459,000 over one six-month period from Atkinson, whose online operation was known as ?Affking.? According to the FBI affidavit, security researchers identified the ?Mega-D? botnet as a prime source of ?spam promoting Affking?s products.? One researcher quoted by the FBI determined that ?'Mega-D' was likely the largest botnet in the world, accounting for 32% of all spam. Security researchers estimated that the botnet was capable of sending ten billion spam email messages a day.?

    Along with examining Nikolaenko?s online financial transactions (via the ePassporte service), FBI agents have also used subpoenas and search warrants to obtain records associated with two Gmail accounts used by Nikolaenko. On November 8, Google provided the FBI with a disc containing the e-mails from one of these accounts.

    Agents have also been monitoring Nikolaenko?s travel, the affidavit reveals. Subpoenaed travel records and immigration and State Department files show that he twice visited the U.S. last year. In July, he arrived in Los Angeles and stayed in the country for ten days. In late-October, he arrived in New York and departed from Los Angeles 11 days later. During that second visit, Nikolaenko spent several days in Las Vegas, according to hotel records obtained by the FBI. While in L.A., he apparently stayed at The Tower hotel in Beverly Hills.

    Nikolaenko could not be reached for comment.
    According to the FBI affidavit, Nikolaenko?s botnet was crippled late last year by FireEye, a network security company that convinced U.S.-based Internet service providers to help shut down ?Mega-D? command and control computers. FireEye was able to identify about 509,000 computers that had been infected with a virus that allowed them to ?become bots seeking direction from the Mega-D command an control computers.? (5 pages)
     
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  2. maxxtuner

    maxxtuner Junior Member

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    OH CRAP
    *runs and hides*
     
  3. phatzilla

    phatzilla Supreme Member

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    this guy sounds awesome
     
  4. MrSmith

    MrSmith Newbie

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    This guy is completely fucked...If he tries to enter any country with an extradition agreement to the US he'll be arrested. Guess he's limited to Russia, China and Dubai. I guess Dubai will be the place for him to be at for partying and getting chicks.
     
  5. MrSmith

    MrSmith Newbie

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    Damn double post
     
  6. consciousnesscreates

    consciousnesscreates Power Member

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    Why Dubai?

    The sultan sent all the builder s home
     
  7. music4mic

    music4mic Registered Member

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    I'd say he did it large. Good for him. Well, all except the getting caught part. 32% of all spam is insane.

    Why do people care about spam so much, I 'mark as spam' and the 'G' man does the rest. I don't even see spam messages any more...
     
  8. ticbra

    ticbra Junior Member

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    Great guy! :)
     
  9. sullamulla

    sullamulla Junior Member

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    He should be renamed Mr XRumer...:)
     
  10. graphicnut

    graphicnut Supreme Member

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    best bit about it is, he does 1 year and 1 day...... fkin point in the 1 day?
     
  11. darkmobius

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    if the person was one of us, i don't think he would be here reading this thread seriously
     
  12. Dumper

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    He's got enough money to buy another identity but yeah, Dubai is da shiznit if you've got the fundage to party there!
     
  13. trafficsource

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    I like that kind of serious guys.
     
  14. Telkor

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    Forget Dubai, it's based upon slave work...and even spammers have standards.

    He should be very careful though, the last "spam king of moscow" was found bludgeoned to death with baseball bats.:bonappeti
     
  15. zoomsixx

    zoomsixx Senior Member Premium Member

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    The extra 1 day is to prevent him from getting out any earlier than the year. If the sentence was one year he could get out a few months early for good time. The extra day prevents that legally, he will have to do one year.
     
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  16. sputnik11

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    Yes and Im sure the Aussie and the yank that snitched this guy out best be looking over their shoulders too. Im sure greater men have been done in for lessor crimes against the russian underworld.

    Of course he chilled 1st class in vegas - US crime syndicate has opened up shop on the interwebz - no need for middleman bookies pimps and drug dealers on the streets. Pilfer credit card charges - paypal acocunts and sell a bunch of cheap ass worthless crap en masse to unsuspecting - desperate buyers looking for a longer cock and a slimmer waisteline. 65% Legit. They're underworld naughtiness only needs to be how to get gullible noob eyeballs on offers - enter the russian spam king.

    Interesting read ...