Robert Alan Soloway, a 27 years old who managed to become one of the most prolific spammers, was arrested last Wednesday in Seattle, accused of using networks of compromised “zombie computers" to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails. A federal grand jury returned a 35-count indictment last week charging him with mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, to which Soloway pleaded not guilty. Here you can see the Arrest Warrant, Indictment, Search Warrant, Arraignment and the MOTION for Pre-Trial Detention.
Prosecutors said that Soloway used computers infected with malicious code to send out millions of junk e-mails since 2003 and he continued his activities even after Microsoft and the operator of a small Internet service provider in
Soloway used the zombie networks send out unsolicited bulk e-mails urging people to use his Internet marketing company to advertise their products, and people who clicked on a link in the e-mail were directed to his Web site where he advertised his ability to send out as many as 20 million e-mail advertisements over 15 days for $495.
The case is the first in the