Authorities Shut Down Spam Ring

From the NY Times:

The Federal Trade Commission won a preliminary legal victory against what it called one of the largest spam gangs on the Internet, getting an Illinois district court on Tuesday to freeze the group's assets and order the spam network to shut down.

The group, which used several names but was known among spam-fighting organizations as HerbalKings, sent billions of unsolicited messages to Internet users over the last 20 months, touting replica watches and a variety of pharmaceuticals, including weight-loss drugs and herbal pills that supposedly enhanced the male anatomy, according to the FTC.

This is wild. This a big deal; these guys were responsible for tons of spam.

Of course, nature abhors a vacuum, so I wonder if this will have any long term impact on the volume of spam out there. Maybe not. We shall see.
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