Massachusetts law enforcement officers are searching for the leaders of a Russian-led internet spamming gang, after their operation was shut down and fined £22m this week.
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The leaders of the gang are thought to have gone back to Russia, after previously flitting between the two countries to run their operations, mainly from a Boston post office box.
Their spam messages sold counterfeit drugs, pirated software, pornography and mortgages.
The illegal operation was tracked initially by the Massachusetts authorities with the help of Microsoft, which collected the gang’s messages being sent to Hotmail accounts set up for the purpose.