LAWFUEL – The arrest of a top spammer may result in a short-term dip i…

LAWFUEL – The arrest of a top spammer may result in a short-term dip in the volume of spam, but probably not much beyond that, according to reports.

Robert Alan Soloway, 27, is accused of using botnets to send out millions of spam emails. A federal grand jury returned a 35-count indictment against Soloway charging him with mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, according to the Associated Press.

Soloway pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to all charges. The case is the first in the country in which federal prosecutors have used identity theft statutes to prosecute a spammer for taking over an Internet domain name. Soloway could face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say Soloway infected computers with malicious code to create massive botnets of zombie machines and sent out millions of junk emails since 2003.

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