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October 11, 2005

"BadCow" spammers must pay $37 million

mailien logoThe attorney general of Massachusetts today put out a press release announcing a court ruling in the May 2005 lawsuit against spam king Leo Kuvayev.

According to AG Thomas Reilly, a superior court judge has shut down of "dozens of illegal websites" and ordered Kuvayev to pay $37 million in civil penalties.

No word in the press release about how the AG intends to collect the money from Kuvayev, who appears to have fled the US to Russia.

While Kuvayev's BadCow spam affiliate program may have bit the dust, this doesn't seem to be the end of Kuvayev's career as a spammer. Bad Cow has apparently re-emerged with the cute name Mailien. (Notice how mailien.org looks code-for-code an awful lot like badcow.org?)

There are still plenty of reports of spam from Kuvayev advertising illegal drug sites, blackmarket software, and even e-books for forlorn romantics.

No surprise that Kuvayev is still listed as one of the top ten spammers in the world.

Posted by brian at October 11, 2005 3:56 PM


03 May 2006, I'm still getting his crap :(

Posted by: hownowbrown at May 3, 2006 7:11 AM


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