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Oct 31, 2010

How Russia Stopped One Fifth Of the World's Spam

There are official 20% fewer penis enlargement emails hitting your spam folder, thanks to the efforts of the Russian government. How'd they do it? By making an effort.

Russian authorities this week cracked down on one Igor A. Gusev, "suspected spam kingpin:"

Moscow police authorities said Mr. Gusev, 31, was a central figure in the operations of SpamIt.com, which paid spammers to promote online pharmacies, sometimes quite lewdly. SpamIt.com suddenly stopped operating on Sept. 27. With less financial incentive to send their junk mail, spammers curtailed their activity by an estimated 50 billion messages a day.

Gusev and SpamIt.com had both been operating openly in Moscow for several years until Russia decided to step up its enforcement. And sure, there are still 200 billion unwanted emails blasting off every day. But paring them down by a fifth is a more than decent start.

53 comments:

Dbankai said...

Daaaaaamn.. Russia kicks ass for that

thenitefalls said...

In Soviet Russia, spam gets you

Venet said...

huh?

FORISBAN said...

daaaammm!

Smiles said...

Kudos to the Moscow police for doing what I wanted to do to spammers, except I was expecting a little more face stabbing.

Earl Hickey said...

crazyy

Dungeoneer said...

*clap, clap, clap* for russia :D

Cliff Miller said...

Is spam so evil?

Kikimora said...

Hahahaha :D

rembrandtx said...

I forget the botnet name, but they shut one down fairly recently and the amount of spam dropped by something like 90% overnight haha.

Han said...

I knew this country was good for something :'|

I still get at least two penis enhancement offers a day, though.

xaltruismx said...

Russia doesn't play around! And when they want something to stop, it's very likely that they can stop it. Hurray less SPAM!

skweeker123 said...

wow lol. those crazy ass russians.

TeddyPin said...

Thank you Russia!!

Gorlotch said...

Astounding amount of spam there. Good job to Russia for cutting it back some.

Quinn Electronics said...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Astra said...

In soviet Russia....
But great start!

Seb said...

good job, now someone get the last 80%! :p

Campino said...

you have to love the russians

Lewis said...

nice post :)

taemkariur said...

Interesting man!

Ningen said...

russian, heroes of the internet

Nostalgist said...

thank you mister putini

iMonei said...

lol spamkingpin

level85nerd said...

nice done!

1GN15 said...

Cool! Then again, I never really cared too much about spam.

Ben said...

GO RUSSIAAAAAA!

Oxygen for Everyone! said...

Crazy, I never knew there was so much spam!

Anonfourtwenty said...

Well done russia, now stop global warming.

gMusic said...

To think that spam could be so profitable.

LM said...

oh those russians :)

Dru said...

In Soviet Russia, government helps YOU!

Did I do it right?

frankie, my cat. said...

Send him to the Gulag.

LoneIslander said...

YAY :D!

Donkote said...

i really want to eat some spam now...

Brandon said...

Haha, nice!

snotchstar said...

Cool story bro!

aGas said...

well, at least it's a start.

OneFourSeven said...

Maybe the Russians are good for us after all. Lol.

DJ Name Brands said...

kudos to russia for stepping up their efforts

Longkid said...

wow go russia

Cpt Pownzor said...

its kind of hard to believe that 20% of the worlds spam was coming from a russian kingpin figure. Glad that they cracked down on it lets take some more of these guys out!

Sykefu said...

Russian really did an amazing job there.

ImmaFrog said...

amazing spam pic

Mikey said...

Well communist love to share so yeah!

Han said...

Happy Halloween <3

Jackie said...

This is Awesome, happy Halloween btw !

iammyself said...

thank you russia!

Nikola Begedin said...

In soviet russia, spammers spam you!

Oh, wait...

Well done Russia! My inbox did feel a bit lighter lately.

Yllsa said...

Dammit all the good Russian Reversals have been taken.

Evan said...

awesome! go Russia!

ilikeicecream said...

FOR MOTHER RUSSIA!

Kikino said...

I just keep thinking of Russian Mafia Kingping of the Spam gettin pwned by soviet police.