Did Anti-Spam Gang Kill Russian Spammer?

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Certain anti-spam parties have made threats in the past against some of the world’s more notorious spammers.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reports that notorious spammer Vardan Kushnir was found brutally murdered. His body was discovered in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, showing evidence of repeated blows to the head.

Mr. Kushnir headed English learning centers known for their persistent aggressive spamming. Millions of messages sent by the firms went out each day. Spamming is not presently illegal under Russian law.

Some angry users have retaliated against his firms by plaguing them with numerous phone calls, bombarding it with emails, or even advertising the firms’ phone numbers in bogus ads for escort services or bargain real estate offers.

Mr. Kushnir was of Armenian descent, and became reviled among Russian email users for the continuous flow of junk messages from his American Language Center in 2003. Email wasn’t the only method used; Mr. Kushnir’s company filled forums, blogs, and ICQ channels with its messages.

The ALC website soon became a favorite target for hackers, and Russian Internet service providers frequently closed down his sites when users complained about the spamming practices.

Among those complaints came death threats; it is speculated that while many were from angered users, some may have come from the sort of loosely-organized anti-spam gangs described in the 2004 book Spam Kings.

And possibly, one followed through on the many deadly promises made over the years to Mr. Kushnir, in his Moscow apartment over the weekend.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Did Anti-Spam Gang Kill Russian Spammer?
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  • good for him

    every time i read about some useless spam phuck getting wacked it makes me smile.

    spamers should get the axe!

  • randy flag

    all russian programmers are spam coders

    They all should be tortured and killed!

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  • http://barcouncilofindia.com/blog Dr K Chaudhry

    17 April 2010 : ukmall.net/blog World email is spam free now with my SPAM THE SPAMMER crusade. I am grateful to British Prime minister and other governments, EXCEPT
    INDIA, for responding to my complaints and blessing me with this dream achievement. Last team effort by indian telecom companies to rescue THEIR hard disk harvester is still on.
    Else he is running short of service providers. Would the world be spam free now, despite LONE spammer being shielded by indian government?. Why is government shielding
    international terrorist? Is he BSNL chief? Is he a minister’s son? Is he TRAI/DOT Chief’s kin? EVERY indian telecom company has his form filled up with photograph.

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