10/12/2005

U.S. Court Fines Russian-Led Spam Gang $37M

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:29 am

A Superior Court judge has slapped an “Internet spam gang” with $37 million in penalties for running dozens of illegal sites peddling counterfeit drugs, pirated software and pornography.

But it’s unlikely authorities will ever see the money because the international spammers – who apparently once operated out of Massachusetts – are on the lam and perhaps in another country.

The ringleader of the group – which sent millions of e-mails to Internet users in the hopes of duping them to go to Web sites selling bogus items – was identified as Leo Kuvayev, who apparently once lived in Newton.

Kuvayev, whose cyber operations have been tracked to Russia and other countries, and his sixassociates used a Boston post office box for some of their business operations

Source: Boston Herald

 

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