U.S. Court Fines Russian-Led Spam Gang $37M
A U.S. Superior Court judge has slapped an Internet spam gang that operated from two locations, one near Boston, the other in Russia, with $37 million in penalties for running dozens of illegal sites peddling counterfeit drugs, pirated software and pornography, the Boston Herald daily reported.
However, the spammers led by ethnic Russian Leo Kuvayev, listed by the spam-watchers as one of the top 200 spammers in the world, are on the lam and not likely to pay the money.
The suit was brought in spring 2005 on the basis of an accusation supplied by Microsoft against against Kuvayev and his six comrades associated with two companies, 2K Services Ltd. and Ecash Pay Ltd. The state judge, Ralph D. Gants, ordered the shutdown of the companies.