News Thursday June 26, 2014

Fake Viagra King And Spam Network Busted

A federal Court in Chicago is celebrating an important victory against a global internet spamming group offering, among other things, copied and fake versions of impotence drug Viagra. The decision was made after a lengthy court case against the company HerbalKing, offering a range of alternative and herbal impotence remedies through spamming millions of innocent web users. The case revealed that the HerbalKing group had sent billions of unwanted e-mails promoting a range of penis enlargement, prescription drugs and weight-loss medications.

The true extent of the volume and rate of spam that HerbalKing sent out was not clear until evidence gathered by the Federal Trade Commission was made transparent. It was only after investigations we’re carried out by Marshal Software, a technical computer and IT company, that they we’re able to provide sufficient evidence to support the case put to HerbalKing by the Federal Trade Commission in the US, revealing that the spam sending network we’re involved as many as 35,000 private computers that we’re able to send as many as 10 billion e-mails daily.

The victory is hoped to cause a considerable dent in the amount of spam received by users worldwide, and Richard Cox, of the SpamHaus organization claims that everyday web users may even notice a difference. Mr. Cox claims that at their peak HerbalKing were responsible for over 30 percent of all of all Viagra and Cialis spam worldwide. spam worldwide.

The activities of the HerbalKing group, like other criminal gangs online, were incredibly international in their scope. The group shipped drugs like Propecia, Lipitor and Zoloft from third world countries such as India, where unsafe generics are often manufactured. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also said some websites were based in China, processing customer’s cards from the old Soviet republic of Georgia and Cyprus.

As part of the investigation, the commission purchased the “herbal” pills from the group and asked the Food and Drug Administration in the United States to test them. That agency found out that the pills contained certain ingredients which can be risky for people with heart conditions.

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