The FBI has linked a 23-year-old Russian man to the notorious Mega-D botnet, which once was responsible for one-third of the world's spam.
According to federal authorities, Oleg Nikolaenko was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to use Mega-D to spam out e-mails for a crew of criminals specializing in the sale of fake goods.
Nikolaenko is charged with violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act. His attorney, Christopher Van Wagner, reportedly told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the charges were only accusations.
"We're prepared to present a rigorous defense," he said.