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A Third of World's Spam From One Russian Man

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  • Who's ready for a good old fashioned lynching?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by grcumb (781340)

      Who's ready for a good old fashioned lynching?

      You guys go ahead. We're a little busy right now, coercing data services here in the US to stop spreading the truth about our diplomatic corps.

      Best,

      The US Govt.

      • I never heard precisely what truth that was. That we spy, like everyone else? General consensus seems to have been that the embassy wires were embarrassing, but not scandalous, and I havent heard that the gov't is trying to prevent people from reporting on it.

        In fact, if anything, Ive heard how embarrassing it is that the gov't's response has been so timid.
      • Considering how the US conduct diplomacy, I think it's now spelled the "diplomatic corpse".

    • by mrops (927562)

      Why be so uncivilized when Russia showed us the polonium way.

  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday December 03, 2010 @09:45AM (#34429942) Journal
    There's better coverage over at the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee [jsonline.com]. Apparently the FBI agent tracking them is based out of there. Neat little story about how he got nabbed coming to Las Vegas for some big car show.

    From the article cited in the summary:

    The botnet sends out millions of spam messages ...

    You're a few orders of magnitude off there. Try tens of billions ...

  • Wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by Rik Sweeney (471717) on Friday December 03, 2010 @09:46AM (#34429946) Homepage

    The FBI believes that one third of the world's spam messages are being generated by one 23-year-old Russian man

    Congratulations to Oleg Nikolaenko for achieving so much at such a young age!

    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      If he can keep going, maybe he'll be able to send 8/3 of the world's spam messages by the age of 30!

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by dangitman (862676)

      The FBI believes that one third of the world's spam messages are being generated by one 23-year-old Russian man

      Congratulations to Oleg Nikolaenko for achieving so much at such a young age!

      Unfortunately, the article is inaccurate. He's not a man yet, he's only 23.

  • The botnet sends out millions of spam messages on behalf of scam artists selling fake prescriptions and Rolex watches.

    Now we can identify the truly stupid people by their fake Rolex and their false sense of well-being.
    • by dangitman (862676)

      Now we can identify the truly stupid people by their fake Rolex and their false sense of well-being.

      It didn't say the Rolexes were fake, only the prescriptions.

  • Too Early? (Score:5, Funny)

    by bughunter (10093) <bughunter&earthlink,net> on Friday December 03, 2010 @09:55AM (#34430040) Journal

    I looked at this summary over my first sip of coffee and read "A Third of World's Sperm From One Russian Man," and nearly spit it onto my macbook.

    Titles like this should wait until after 10:00 am Eastern/7:00 am Pacific.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Ogive17 (691899)
      Is it surprising a male (assumption) macbook user had sperm on the mind? ;)

      (who needs karma anyway!)
  • by Noryungi (70322) on Friday December 03, 2010 @09:58AM (#34430078) Homepage Journal

    Somewhere in Moscow, a geek named Oleg Nikolaenko is hunched over a pile of computers in a dank and dark basement.

    Suddenly, a knock on the door!

    Cautiously, Oleg watches through the door peephole at a tall, muscular stranger, with shades on, dressed all in black leather, except for a "Google" patch on the left side of his jacket.

    The stranger (with a strong Austrian accent): "Oleg Nikolaenko?"

    Several days later, at a Google HQ conference in Mountain View:

    - "Yes, our motto is, and still remains: 'Do not be Evil'... We made an exception this one time, but the project nicknamed 'Extreme Prejudice (beta)' has been officially disbanded and the blueprints destroyed. The persons responsible for the projects have been sacked. Any questions?"

    - "Yes, Mr Brin, what is the *other* project Google wanted to discuss?"

    - "Well, we are pleased to announce that the new Google Map now incorporates 'Satellite Friend Tracking' to know -- in real time -- where all your friends are, anywhere in the world!"

  • by Etriaph (16235) on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:08AM (#34430206) Homepage
    ...spam sends you.
  • I don't see this guy listed on the spamhaus top 10 spammers list [spamhaus.org]. We know that if he was arrested in the past week his spam volume would not have decreased that dramatically that quickly; so why does the US government disagree with the magnitude of this guy's role?
  • And by that I mean don't kill this guy. No matter how much it might stoke your ego and make you feel righteous, it is the wrong thing to do. Not only would the punishment be orders of magnitude worse than the crime, it wouldn't accomplish anything anyways.

    We all read about spam gangs and botnets regularly. We know that no one person is worth crap to the spam community; even if the 10 most prolific spammers were killed this afternoon the volume would not change appreciably - hell there is an argument th
    • by russotto (537200)

      We all read about spam gangs and botnets regularly. We know that no one person is worth crap to the spam community; even if the 10 most prolific spammers were killed this afternoon the volume would not change appreciably -

      Really? Has the experiment been tried? Of course, it would be best to do this with a proper control. Each day for a month we'll either kill the top 10 remaining spammers, or just 10 people at random, with proper blinding. Then we'll measure the spam volume. At the end of the month, we

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:29AM (#34430436) Journal
    One of the lesser-known sections of the code of Hammurabi reads "If a man shall falsely promise p3n1s 3xt3nsion and thereby cause public nuisance and distress, his own penis shall be stretched by one digit for each such false promise. If he spreads his false promises by means of another man's messenger, he shall be flogged."

    They often skip this one in elementary history lessons on the matter; but it is arguably quite salient in today's interconnected world...
    • To any students using the internet rather than a library to do their homework: I am lying in order to score "funny" mods. Also, "a guy who calls himself fuzzyfuzzyfungus told me" is not an acceptable citation format in any version of the MLA handbook.

      PSA Ends.
      • You mean "1223518, fuzzyfuzzyfungus. \"Luckily Precedent is available\", Slashdot, 2nd ed. 3/12/10."
      • by Tynin (634655)
        Just when I thought I was about finished with my paper on "How Hammurabi's code relates to today's modern p3n1s 3xt3nsion system", you insensitive clod!
        • Not to worry, there's a section on what happens "If a man lies about or defames This Code in the service of a crude penis joke"...
  • Shoot him in the face.

    No!

    Build a contraption in which he is placed that requires him to read spam email out loud continuously lest it begin doing evil things to his person.

    Then when he's read all the spam shoot him in the face. Don't bother getting the gun ready.

  • It used to be that spam kingpins like Alan Ralsky were based right here in the good old USA. Now it seems we're contracting out even our criminal behavior!

  • so ? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Tom (822) on Friday December 03, 2010 @11:02AM (#34430828) Homepage Journal

    So what are we waiting for? Someone shoot him.

    Oh, I forgot. We live in an age where the general public is not something that anyone stands up for anymore. Our politicians are all bought, we ourselves are too lazy and scared, and most of what we have in NGOs has become a political quagmire of commercialized selling of "feel good".

    Sending the same amount of traffic to an individual company would result in charges for a DOS attack, no questions asked. But no, as long as you have enough victims and only minor damage to each, nobody really cares very much.

    • by Yosho (135835)

      We live in an age where the general public is not something that anyone stands up for anymore.

      No, we live in an age where vigilante justice and violent overreactions are not the accepted solutions to problems. If you had bothered to read the article you would know that this guy has been arrested and convicted, courtesy of the justice system.

      • If you had bothered to pay closer attention to the article, you would know that you're wrong.

        Oleg Nikolaenko of Moscow, also know by his online nickname “Docent”, is thought to be the man behind the “Mega-D” bot network of 500,000 infected computers ... Atkinson, along with another spammer Jody Smith, were last year sentenced to prison terms for computer related offenses. Atkinson also later admitted to using Nikolaenko.

        The article does not say Nikolaenko has been convicted of anything yet.

    • by dargaud (518470)
      That one man be able to send out so much spam by controlling a large botnet, I can understand. What i don't understand, is how does he find customers who want to advertise through him ?!? Does he have a website with "Sign up here to spam the entire planet 10^6 times over with you p3n1s ads" ?!?
  • from the wrong side, once again. The FBI would have done better had they simply concluded that 1/3rd of the worlds spam comes from computers running unpatched and compromised Microsoft Windows operating systems and programs. Capitalism prevails again, and we dont blame corporations at fault for the mistakes and problems we see.

    this is somewhat like saying 1/3rd of all funeral coffins come from one man who designed a flyer especially for people who smoke cigarettes.

    all this russian gent has done is s
  • by bagofbeans (567926) on Friday December 03, 2010 @11:35AM (#34431266)
    The FBI believes that one third of the western world's news articles are being generated by one 79-year-old Australian-born American man. Rupert Murdoch is being blamed for...
  • by Icegryphon (715550) on Friday December 03, 2010 @01:19PM (#34433076)

    Spambot increase your destruction of weak capitalist regime.

    Eventually you will do REAL SOVIET DAMAGE [youtube.com]

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