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Inbar Put Under Investigation For Spam Scam

The world's most prolific spammers are using a British Internet company to produce billions of junk e-mails. This group of spammers led by 'Amichai Inbar' is identified as the world's fifth most prominent spammer. It has been manipulating a London-based Internet company to control hacked computers' networks.

Inbar has been e-mailing in billions, advertising pornography, drugs like 'Viagra' and offering cheap shares that have virtually no value. Over the past four months, such unsolicited messages have risen by 300 percent as gangsters find ever-new techniques to get in touch with computer users.

The 'Federal Bureau of Investigation' and Israeli police are investigating Mr. Inbar, according to 'Spamhaus', a 'spambusting' organization that works with law enforcement agencies in Britain and other countries. It said that Israeli law enforcement was upon the 'gang operation' taking the help of the U.K. 'Internet Service Provider'. The procedure would take some time to complete and acts as a warning for U.K. law enforcement too to involve itself.

Amichai Inbar has floated a site hosted by U.K. company, '49Pence'. Through this site, it has taken control of 150,000 PCs hijacked and converted into 'botnets'. These he uses to deliver his own spam or rent out to criminal networks based in Russia and the U.S. Security professionals have described his spamming operations as "full scale criminal operation" through which he sends out porn, illegal drugs and worthless stock.

The spread of the 'Stration' virus has been partially responsible for the voluminous increase in spam this summer of 2006. A computer infected with the virus automatically connects to the spam operator's system and starts taking instructions. That machine, along with many more hijacked ones, creates a network called 'botnet' that dispatches millions of spam mails every day.

In connection with Inbar's spamming activity, Richard Cox of 'Spamhaus', a leader in anti-spam operation said that they have warned the 'Office of Fair Trading' as well as the U.S. 'Federal Trade Commission' about the scam. This is keeping in view that Inbar's site is hosted in the U.K. While the OFT has not shown much interest, 'Spamhaus' was waiting for FTC's reaction.

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» SPAMfighter News - 29-11-2006

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