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Russian Accused of Generating Spam to Appear in Court, WSJ Says

A Russian man accused of generating almost a third of spam emails worldwide is to appear in court in Milwaukee, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing lawyers.

Oleg Nikolaenko, 23, of Vidnoe, near Moscow was arrested in Las Vegas last month as he attended a car show; a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of taking control of thousands of personal computers and using them to generate billions of spam emails, the newspaper said.

The spam messages offered fake Rolex watches, counterfeit prescription drugs, and herb-based male enhancement concoctions, the WSJ reported.

Nikolaenko was arrested after an investigation involving the FBI, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, private security companies and officials from New Zealand and Australia; his lawyer, Christopher Van Wagner, said his client would put up a “rigorous defense,” the Journal added.

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