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Top Spammer Put Behind Bars

As you can read in the Spamhaus News, Robert Soloway, one of the world's most prolific spammers, was arrested yesterday by United States federal agents after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of identity theft, money laundering, and mail, wire, and e-mail fraud.

For those that follow the latest developments in the tug-of-war between spammers and anti-spammers, the announcement of Robert Soloway's arrest is welcome news. The putting behind bars of Mr. Soloway will definitely reduce the amount of spam received, and will serve as an example to other spammers, that such activity does not go unnoticed and unpunished.

Spam does not come out of the blue - indeed, there is a person behind each and every e-mail that is sent out, and these people are not beyond the arm of the law.

While Spamhaus and Gandi are working together in this fight against spam and providing the very information that law enforcement needs to protect your inbox and identity, you can also play a role.

By complaining to the registrars and web hosts that allow their services to be used by these criminals, and by contacting your local political representatives to encourage them to take action against spam and spammers, you too can be responsible for reducing the amount of unsolicited junk mail in the world.

I don't know about you, but having the absolute need for anti-spam filters on my e-mail accounts to putting iron bars over the windows of my house. Wouldn't it be nice if when "you got mail", it was actually from someone you hoped to hear from? :)


CNET: Gandi protects your domain!


Case 1. January 24th, 2007:
Fyodor woke up to learn that GoDaddy suspended his highly-popular domain, seclists.org, without warning because of content posted in one of the mailing lists that his site archives (more).

Case 2. January 19th, 2007:
Website designer "X" received a telephone call from Gandi informing them that the site of one of their clients was hacked and being used as part of a phishing scheme; this call was followed by an e-mail telling them where the file was so they could delete it, which they did within the hour.