Saturday, February 11, 2017

World's Eighth Biggest Spammer Is Arrested

The No. 8 worst spammer on the planet is now facing decades behind bars after being arrested for wire fraud.

Michael Persaud, who is accused of sending more than a million spam emails and selling millions of email addresses to use for spamming, may face up to 20 years in prison for each of his 10 federal wire fraud charges.

Persaud used multiple internet addresses and domains, a technique known as 'snowshoe spamming' – to transmit spam emails over at least nine networks, according to cyber-security expert Brian Krebs, who profiled Persaud last year.

The 36-year-old was arrested after the networks he was using discovered his alleged scheme.

He reportedly used pseudonyms such as 'Michael Pearson' and 'Jeff Martinez' to continue using the systems and earn commission for sales made by his spam, according to the indictment.

In 2001, Persaud and an accomplice pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for reportedly using a California company's system to blast out thousands of spam emails.

He ended up paying nearly $10,000 in restitution, according to ABC News.

Persaud was believed to be able to send out a million messages in less than 15 minutes.

Three years earlier, he was sued by AOL for a series of 'indiscriminate mass mailings and deceptive practices' that 'repeatedly bombarded AOL and its members with millions of deceptive emails.