Releaselog
HideMyAss.com

Real punishment: Russian Viagra spammer murdered


We all know how annoying can spam be. Although there are highly sophiscated tools nowadays, which can reduce the amount of spam in your mailbox to the minimum, it’s still at least unpleasent to see all those “penis enlargement” mails. But people working in this “business” aren’t safe anymore: Alexey Tolstokozhev (btw, in Russian his name means ‘Thick Skin’), a Russian spammer, was found murdered in his luxury house near Moscow. He has been shot several times with one bullet stuck in his head. According to authorities, this last head shot is a clear mark of russian hit men (known as “killers” in Russia). Tolstokozhev was a famous spammer who sent millions of e-mail promoting viagra, cialis, penis enlargement pills and other medications.

Links in these e-mails usually led to some pharmacy shop, which paid Tolstokozhev a share of its revenue. This is a well known affiliate scheme employed by spammers worldwide. Tolstokozhev is estimated to be responsible for up to 30% percent of all viagra and penis enlargement related spam. In order to send millions and millions of unsolicited letters, Tolstokozhev employed a network of infected computers (so-called “botnet”), which he rented from hackers. How profitable is spam? Well, the authorities say that Tolstokozhev has likely made more than $2 million in 2007 alone. (in comparison: average russian monthly salary is $400). This is a second murder of a spammer in Russia. Another russian spammer, Vardan Kushnir, was assassinated in 2005. Didn’t your momma tell you that sending spam is bad?

Note: thanks for your support, we made it to the front page of Digg and Slashdot!

Source: Alex Loonov

Comments

Feel free to post your Real punishment: Russian Viagra spammer murdered torrent, subtitles, samples, free download, quality, NFO, rapidshare, depositfiles, uploaded.net, rapidgator, filefactory, netload, crack, serial, keygen, requirements or whatever-related comments here. Don't be rude (permban), use only English, don't go offtopic and read FAQ before asking a question. Owners of this website aren't responsible for content of comments.
  1. Crinan
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:09

    lol

  2. Saiyanfury
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:09

    LOL!!!

    N00b got his come come uppance!

    –Saiyanfury

  3. j13mk
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:09

    Well it’s nice to hear about hit men who is against SPAM…

  4. Jokkesmokke
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:10

    I dont know if this is sad or not.
    But thanks hitmen, you did a great job.

  5. Darren Aronofsky
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:11

    Das bedanya, Volkov!

  6. Tim
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:14

    Now that’s what I call spam protection.

  7. WASD
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:14

    spamming is probly part of an organized crime, and he is cheating his boss and they had him removed lol

  8. Donteanal
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:14

    Wow those hitmen must have done something to annoy people, one minute they’re taking out big time mafia bosses.

    Next their taking out Internet geeks :( Poor guys

  9. Laser21
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:14

    30% less SPAM :) But I would like a different solution than killing the f…… spammers ;-)

  10. z_axis
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:16

    Makes m3 happy to see 1 less spammer

  11. hahaha
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:17

    OWNED!
    GG Killer.

  12. kebrus
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:22

    @Tim: looool

    i just have the feeling that this isn’t going to end those 30% of spam, maybe someone close to him will take is job

  13. ck_sniv
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:24

    The hitman must have been angry because the penis enlargement pills didn’t work on him.

  14. hack34R
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:28

    SPAMMMMMMMMMM THIS IS SPAM
    Well Iam happy Iam not From Russia :D
    but from Slovenia muahahah noobs

  15. speedy11131
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:28

    Never piss off Russians, especially with Spam.

    (yes, I’m a Russian :P )

  16. takukon
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:30

    I wondered why my mail reduced, I thought it was the postal strike

  17. chriscross
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:32

    all hail to spam killers.
    where can i apply to be enlisted in the “killers” clan?
    “but isn’t this a gang war between the American spammers and the Russian ones?” says the conspiracy theorist in me :D
    i mean if they can make 2mil$ in one year… hire botnets they could hire a “competition killer” too. right?

  18. Simon
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:38

    How is getting shot several times one of those in the head the job of a hitman? shouldn’t a hitman be using a pianowire and silentkill him?

  19. bossnanova
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:44

    He was probably killed by mafia, so they can take lucrative earnings from the spam business. I wouldn’t expect spam lowering anytime soon…
    =12

  20. George
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:49

    Ha! Thats pretty damn funny if you ask me and I’m glad he got shot in the head, serves him right considering he was making millions by pissing people off. All the average people around him probably bust their ass to feed there family.

  21. Xyu
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:50

    Wierd, but I don’t feel any sorry for the guy…

  22. James
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:53

    Mabye it was Garcian Smith from Capcoms Killer 7

  23. dymas
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:54

    pwnd!

  24. R1pper
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:54

    probably unsatisfied “penis enlargment” customer.

  25. spiderpig
    October 11th, 2007 | 13:55

    Seems a bit of a stiff punishment,

  26. gonzalez
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:02

    hahahah
    POW right in the kisser! i hope these “spam killers” are on a frenzy! ;D

  27. October 11th, 2007 | 14:04

    bam bam

  28. TreSor
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:05

    Kill them all!
    But i didnt know that so big money are around spam :/

  29. gav616
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:13

    lolers!

  30. carlos
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:14

    This is not funny russian is a 3º world contry with only stupid people this is a money thing the guy didnt want to give money to the russian mob , they kill him , russia is one of the worst contrys in the world , wanna kill somebody kill all the people in jail

  31. bajs
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:15

    so now i know why there’s been much less spam in my mailbox lately…

  32. xyztynz
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:19

    “Что посеешь, то и пожнёшь.” Do svidaniya, mudder facker.

  33. cobra
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:21

    Spam ham is good, Spam mail is bad.

  34. Lasher
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:22

    They’re probably on AD-Aware’s payroll. It’ll save time updating runtimes.

    either that or some rich russian dude turned on his seventy-billion dollar customised laptop and got an e-bomb so decided to avenge his email account.

    that’ll teach won’t it.

  35. Transcendent
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:28

    I wish there were more hitmen with this much sense.

  36. lolek
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:33

    Прощай Толстокожьев! Kill’em all!

  37. Darren Aronofsky
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:38

    @32 That’s how to say it :) My Volkov reference was to the Russian hitman Dimitrij Volkov in No One Lives Forever.

  38. backstabber
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:40

    $2 million in 2007! I think i found my new job, not in Russia though ;)

  39. stalin
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:42

    @ 19 bossnanova

    He was probably killed by mafia, so they can take lucrative earnings from the spam business. I wouldn’t expect spam lowering anytime soon…

    This is the most sensible answer I’ve read.

  40. McFly
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:46

    I said many times… I will some day find and punish the man who sends out all this spam…

    I guess someone is doing the job for me.

  41. Frostii
    October 11th, 2007 | 14:47

    Teaches the f**ker good.

  42. sh0
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:05

    A big “THANK YOU” and bottle of vodka goes for the “killers” for a great job. Thaks!

  43. Shambler
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:06

    This is the best news I’ve gotten in a while… it warms my heart when I read articles like this. It’s like the pressure of the world is being lifted from my shoulders :)

    And I’d love to find those hitmen… so I could shake their hands and say “Thank you SO much”. They should get paid for providing a service to the general public. They’ve literally made millions of people happy.

  44. Anonymous
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:19

    I think we’ve all pretty much hit a saturation level on advertising. Pushing it seems to worked in reverse for the last few years, creating an intolerance to all advertising.

    I can’t stand tv anymore, watch a movie on abc and get less then 35 minutes an hour… 90% of the commericals are offensive and make-up and beauty products got to be the worst.

  45. Nobody
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:31

    Now all we need is to get Gmail and other mailbox providers hire those killers on a regular basis.

  46. canvasch
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:37

    sounds like the work of the Boondock Saints

  47. StoneEagle
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:39

    sounds like the work of Agent 47

  48. otli
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:43

    “Spam protection: Sum of 2 + 4 ?”

    Future:

    Spam protection = head shot

  49. Lips
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:50

    Is there any proof for this? You don’t link to a source or anything

  50. QuadrupelQ
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:51

    Frank Castle did it.

    Now spammers, next scene members. After that…US!!!

  51. hack34R
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:53

    Another SPAM?
    YES IT IS
    THIS IS SPAM
    SO WHAT NOW
    WELL EXPECT EVEN MORE SPAM
    FU{KING SPAMER

  52. copyright owner
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:54

    Wow. That’s pretty crazy…

    Interesting post, Keep up the good work Martin!

  53. f1sh
    October 11th, 2007 | 15:55

    the article should’ve been named “Crime and Punishment” :D

    btw, why the hell my previous comment was deleted? wtf?

  54. Very suspicious
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:07

    As only one person so far said, where is the proof of this? Google the name, all you will get is hits to either this website or others
    that copy and pasted it. Immediately suspicious. Check SpamWiki and Spamhaus, no such listing for any spammer with that name. Check the list of known viagra spammers, he isnt on it. In fact, the only mentions on google at all are link backs to the story of his death. If hes so well known or notorious, he would at least be listed on Spamhaus’s known-list of spam operations.

  55. thug_angel
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:13

    damn! that guy must have never saw this coming….

  56. killem all!!!
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:30

    LOL… PWNED!!!

  57. thankgoditsfinallyout
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:35

    I dont feel sorry at all.. this is want they deserve.

  58. XmasterX
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:40

    I bet the hitman nickname is SpamAssassin…

  59. kot markiz
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:47

    Have no idea who bring that news. No any INFO in major Russians newspapers and other sources.

  60. fy
    October 11th, 2007 | 16:57

    musta been an inside feud among this shady crowd. prolly double cross or spammer failing to pay the russian mafia the regular “tax”

    i doubt a russian hitman got fed up with all the viagra spam he’s receiving that he went looking for and took it out on the asswipe spammer. altho that’d be one funny story

  61. Moffi
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:02

    agent 47 is back.

  62. Trell
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:07

    Best $100 I spent was hiring that hitman! :-)

  63. Vi@gra
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:09

    Small pen1s? Click >here

  64. hitman
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:09

    agent 47 FTW!!!

  65. thug_angel
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:11

    so maybe he just faked his death…..

  66. Another one
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:11

    Good job Mr. 47

  67. copyright owner
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:13

    Fuc*k it

  68. Elegy
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:16

    #69

  69. Jerome
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:21

    ROLF! online casino, gambling, viagra, sex sex PORN! SNUF FILMS!!

  70. some_random_dude
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:26

    so that’s why i haven’t been getting viagra spam mails in the past few days

  71. Pickles!
    October 11th, 2007 | 17:57

    xD

  72. ew_u_jizzed_on_me
    October 11th, 2007 | 18:19

    “A shot the head is a trademark of Russian hitmen”

    WTF???

    Are they gonna shoot him in the ass?

  73. Alex
    October 11th, 2007 | 18:24

    AHAHAHA SpamAssasin xD
    Justice is served

  74. youknow
    October 11th, 2007 | 18:36

    As some said before. His is not even known for this, but there could be a small possibility.. anyway – as someone else said, probably someone behind it trying to take over the operation.

  75. poisonesspaul
    October 11th, 2007 | 18:46

    ah well…. you live and learn…except in this case!

  76. Nane
    October 11th, 2007 | 19:16

    spammers piss me so much that i can’t even feel sorry for him..

  77. dragoshell
    October 11th, 2007 | 19:22

    so who’s gonna spam us now with viagra?:(( :)

  78. Tru.dat
    October 11th, 2007 | 19:31

    “According to authorities, this last head shot is a clear mark of russian hit men (known as “killers” in Russia)”

    Because in America and other places, hit men are known as Dog Catchers. =D

  79. WASD
    October 11th, 2007 | 19:42

    spam wont stop.. it was just “taken over” by the mob

  80. Armand
    October 11th, 2007 | 19:57

    In Russia spammers are rarely killed… Russian spam killers have gone soft.

    The Middle East rules at killing spammers. Just think of 9/11. :lol:

    However, God is the ultimate nemesis of spammers. Just think about how many spammers were killed in Indonesia by that tsunami (spammers are rich, they were there on vacation). :lol:

    On a serious note now, is there another source that can corroborate this news?

  81. Armand
    October 11th, 2007 | 19:58

    huge lol @ #79

  82. killawife
    October 11th, 2007 | 20:04

    And justice for all…….

  83. CaptainHack
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:16

    I think they watched eastern promises and were influenced heavily by vigo mortenson. I am waiting for the hearing to ban all media in Russia now.

  84. gav616
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:18

    Just remember, consesual incest between brothers will not result in an inbred child.

    So if you must sleep with a relative, make it your brother.

  85. ew_u_jizzed_on_me
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:21

    @86

    Your dad and his sister shd have thot of that.

  86. Tyler
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:40

    even better would be to only have your brother perform acts on you…without any reciprocation.

  87. CaptainHack
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:45

    Wow since when did they lower the maturity level of this forum to 5 years and under?

  88. Sonny Corleone
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:49

    @CaptainHack

    Its been like this for a while now. We mostly just grin and move on.

  89. kyle
    October 11th, 2007 | 21:56

    I once snorted cocaine off the head of my brother’s manhood because he made me do it.

  90. J. Colonia
    October 11th, 2007 | 22:01

    It seems to be fake…

  91. spamalot
    October 11th, 2007 | 22:02

    In Soviet Russia, spam mails you!

  92. Lenin
    October 11th, 2007 | 22:22

    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics shall rise again.

    The world will once again fear our awesome might.

  93. CaptainHack
    October 11th, 2007 | 22:23

    SonnyCorleone (good name by the way) very true. I am waiting for the cue of a good fart or poop reference. Interestingly enough, this does not surprise me at all. Russia is a brutal place, and the mob probably did play a role in this. In Sacramento, I once arrested a kid w(working store security) with cell phone scrambler, receipt maker, and boot leg movies. A week later it was in the paper he was beaten almost to death at a bar in north sac area (prominent russian gang area where I once got stabbed playing pool). Russians don’t mess around.

  94. Alexey Tolstokozhev
    October 11th, 2007 | 22:44

    u guys, u won’t believe it. I just took the biggest crap :D I’m alive

  95. seethis
    October 11th, 2007 | 22:52

    this is how we take care of things in countries where real men still live :-P

  96. inveigle
    October 11th, 2007 | 23:43

    I sleep well at night knowing that in this day and age where most people feel they can be flat out rude and inconsiderate without repercussion; there are people like myself that say no you can not and do something about it.

  97. gray
    October 12th, 2007 | 00:06

    Nearly everyone posted above has got the moral of this story wrong. There is no way that this guy was killed by someone who didn’t like his spam. Instead he was making huge amounts of money for himself, for the botnets and for the pharmacy.

    He either got killed for cutting out his partners, or for failing to pay protection. In either case I feel confident that someone else will move in to make money off Viagra SPAM.