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Super spammer Soloway canned

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Robert Alan Soloway, infamous spammer, was arrested yesterday by authorities in Seattle. Soloway is accused of hijacking unwitting victims’ computers, turning them into “zombies” and then using those computers to send out millions of spam emails.

Last week, the AP says, a federal grand jury returned a 35-count indictment, charging Soloway with mail fraud, wire fraud, email fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

This is not the first time that Soloway has found himself in court over his spamming practices. In 2005, Microsoft won a $7 million judgment against him and Robert Braver, owner of an Oklahoma-based ISP, won a $10 million civil judgment.

According to the, authorities believe that Internet users could see a noticeable decrease in the amount of junk email they find in their inboxes and spam folders as a result of this arrest.

Though this is all good news for value-added resellers and security consultants who defend their customers’ networks from spammers like Soloway, that last bit seems a tad overly optimistic. There are many many people out there who will eagerly fill Soloway’s shoes in his absence (maximum sentence, if convicted, being 65 years in a federal prison).

Security consultants aren’t expected to loosen their email security strategies. Antispam standards and email security products have not been made obsolete by this one arrest. Unfortunately, Soloway is just one in an entire culture of spammers who exploit the networks of small and midsized businesses to earn an easy buck. VARs still need to keep their strategies fresh and up-to-date.

That said, it’s nice to know that Soloway won’t be enjoying the nice cars he likes to brag about for a long time.

~Eric Pierce

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