Twenty seven year old Robert Alan Soloway is accused of hijacking hundreds of (zombie) computers and using them to send out millions of spam emails. Soloway is in a whole heap of trouble being charged for mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Authorities are trying to regain $773,000 he made from his businesses. If convicted, he could face up to 60 years in prison.
Spam is a nuisance. Maybe, more than a nuisance. Just look at these statistics. 40% of emails are spam. 12.4 billion spam emails are sent everyday. It cost US corporations $9 billion dollars in 2002 alone. Incredible! Truly is the scourge of the internet. That and porn.