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23-Year-Old Russian Responsible for a Third of World's Spam

Oleg Nikolaenko, a 23-year-old from Moscow, is believed by the FBI to be the man behind "Mega-D," a network of half a million computers that send out about one-third of all spam in the world. Two convicted spammers leaked Nikolaenko's name to investigators.

Oleg Nikolaenko of Moscow, also know by his online nickname "Docent", is thought to be the man behind the "Mega-D" bot network of 500,000 infected computers. The botnet sends out millions of spam messages on behalf of scam artists selling fake prescriptions and Rolex watches.

According to The Smoking Gun, Nikolaenko is the first person to be named in conjunction with the operation and creation of "Mega-D".

FBI investigators have managed to collect financial records from Nikolaenko showing that he had earned nearly $500,000 over a period of six months from fellow spammer Lance Atkinson.

Read the full story at ITProPortal.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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