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*** Leo Kuvayev now in prison ***

Founded by Russian/American criminal Leo Kuvayev. Now all in Russia. Spamming "OEM CD" pirated software scams, fake pharmaceuticals, porn spam, porn payment collection, etc. Spam using virus-created botnets and seems to be involved in virus distribution. Partnered with Vladislav Khokholkov - aka "Mr. Green".


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MEDIA: Microsoft, Massachusetts Shut Down Spam Ring


Microsoft, Massachusetts Shut Down Spam Ring

By Elizabeth Millard
May 12, 2005 10:19AM

"It's one of the largest spam rings we've ever seen," said Microsoft Internet safety enforcement attorney Aaron Kornblum.

Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly issued a court order Wednesday to shut down dozens of Web sites allegedly operated by a ring of Boston-area spammers.

The "Internet Spam Gang," as investigators called the group, is considered to be one of the world's largest spam operations and has sent millions of unsolicited e-mail messages for items like pirated software and counterfeit drugs.

The gang is comprised of seven individuals and allegedly headed by Leo Kuvayev, who lives in Newton, a Boston suburb.

When investigators in the Attorney General's office began to suspect Kuvayev and others of sending out significant amounts of spam, it contacted Microsoft Latest News about Microsoft, only to find out that the company had noticed the same thing, and was in the midst of its own investigation.

Feeling the Sting

According to Reilly's complaint, Kuvayev's activities included numerous Internet sites and domain names selling a variety of illegal products, including counterfeit drugs, illegally copied software, mortgage loans and pornography.

"This isn't just a nuisance," said Reilly in a press conference. "It's disruptive to the economy, and has serious public safety implications."

Reilly expressed particular concern about the unapproved prescription drugs that could be obtained easily through the spam sites.

Making the Bust

In aiding Massachusetts, Microsoft's role was greater than that of similar investigations across the country, said Aaron Kornblum, Microsoft's Internet safety enforcement attorney.

"We've been working with their investigation quite closely, and we provided support," he said. "We were more involved with this simply because the amount of spam was staggering."

Kuvayev and his associates were responsible for hundreds of millions of spam every month, said Kornblum.

"It's one of the largest spam rings we've ever seen," he said. "It wasn't hard to draw our attention with that level of activity."

Howdy, Partner

With the assistance of the Attorney General's office and outside investigators, Microsoft bought software from the spammers, confirming that they were pirated copies.

The company also purchased counterfeit prescriptions, and verified the results with Pfizer Latest News about Pfizer.

The involvement of company partners and government entities is vital for the ongoing fight against these spam rings, said Kornblum.

"No company can stop these spammers alone," he said.


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