Internet users should have noticed a marked decrease in the amount of junk e-mail, or spam, received over the last couple of days. The reason: a man thought to be responsible for sending a large portion of the world's spam was arrested in the US on Wednesday.
Robert Soloway is accused of using zombie networks to send out millions of spam messages and has been charged with 35 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.
The government also seized four bank accounts.
Now prosecutors also want him to forfeit the $773 000.00 they believe he made out of his Internet marketing company.
Soloway is widely believed to be among the top 10 spammers in the world.
He had previously lost cases against Microsoft and a small Internet service provider (ISP) in civil cases.