Accused Mega-D Botnet Mastermind Nabbed by FBI

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 12-03-2010 Print Email
The FBI arrested a Russian man in connection with a spam operation authorities say netted him $465,000 during a six-month period.

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.


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