Feds Bust One of World's Largest Spammers

Feds say network sent 10B emails a day
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2008 1:31 PM CDT
The Federal Trade Commission worked with its counterparts in New Zealand to crack the international ring of spammers.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Thank the feds if you find fewer offers for Viagra in your inbox today. The FTC says it shut down one of the world's largest spam operations, which promoted the sale of prescription drugs and male enhancement pills by way of billions of illegal email messages, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The FTC received more than 3 million complaints about this particular network, which relied on servers in China and used a botnet to hijack tens of thousands of computers to send the spam. A court froze the assets of two men in New Zealand and Texas; officials estimate the spammers made millions of dollars from the sale of the advertised drugs, which came from China and India.