Semalt Warns Of Russian Programmer Responsible For Millions Of "Canadian Pharmacy" Spam Emails
Igor Artimovich infected hundreds to thousands of computers worldwide with the botnet software named as Festi. He turned the computer devices into the automated spamming servers. Alexander Peresunko, a leading expert from Semalt, tells that his case and court appearance had helped identify Russia's shadowy underworld linking spam servers, counterfeit drug companies, and identity thefts.
The ubiquitous pharmacy ads that frequently appear in your email box look legitimate and authentic. However, the recent court hearings and Igor's case revealed some shocking facts. According to the New York Times, the spam appealed from the Canadian pharmacies and was connected to the illegal drugs gangs both in Russia and Canada. It exploited the lax network security and consumer gullibility to distribute dangerous and low-quality counterfeits to the unwitting customers all over the world.
The virus and malware-infected computers have the ability to generate millions to billions of false pharmacy spam emails, and a lot of such emails are sent to the consumers on a daily basis. Operation Pangea VI, a famous week of action by law enforcement, has been trying to shut down the bogus internet pharmacy websites. Most recently, Operation Pangea VI shuttered a large number of website URLs associated with the spam attacks, and FDA was the first to report the case. A quick check of your inbox can show how these websites resume the spamming activities on the internet.
The dangers to customers posed by the false pharmacy advertisements are manifold. One of the main concerns is that these websites sell drugs with no prescription and violate the FDA regulations as well as the Federal laws. FDA and Allspammedup.com report that customers who purchase drugs from the spam-advertised false pharmacies are subject to theft of debit card, personal information and credit card numbers. In addition, their computer and mobile devices have been compromised and regularly send spam emails to a lot more users on the internet. Even the consumers' online contacts are subject to malware and virus attacks, and their systems have been infected to a great extent.
The FDA has had warned the consumers about the false online pharmacy stores and wants everyone to stay safe on the internet. More and more criminals are extorting money from the consumers who used the malicious websites to buy drugs and their favorite products. Almost all such websites have been exposed to the Federal law enforcement agency and the FDA agents. The false representatives of the online pharmacies or superstores call the victims, informing them about the nature of their drugs. All such telephone calls are illegal, and these so-called law enforcement agencies try to impose a fine of $20,000. The victims are asked to pay the penalty before their drugs are delivered to their homes. They often have fraudulent transactions placed against the debit cards and credit cards. It's easy for the consumers to protect themselves from the fake pharmacy stores. They should never share their personal information with anyone on the internet. Plus, they should learn how to save money and should protect themselves from the counterfeit drugs as well as the criminals that sell illegal drugs on the internet.