Feeds

Notorious Russian spammer 'admits child abuse'

Used basement of his St Petersburg office as 'dungeon', say cops

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

A notorious Russian spammer faces a long prison sentence after he admitted to sexually abusing underage girls.

Leonid "Leo" Kuvayev, 39, named by security firms as the distributor of spam messages promoting unlicensed pharmaceutical websites, has reportedly confessed to molesting youngsters as young as 13 in the seedy basement office of a business he ran in St Petersburg. Kuvayev allegedly targeted vulnerable youngsters from children's homes, some of whom had mental or learning disabilities.

Police, who had already placed Kuvayev under surveillance for his spamming business, allegedly discovered a sex dungeon when they raided his business premises.

"Police officers conducted a search of the office, which the criminal used for a real estate business. They uncovered a room with a shower, sauna, jacuzzi and a huge bed. They seized a whip, handcuffs, and sex toys," a police statement said, according to RIA Novosti via Moscow News.

Kuvayev, who holds dual US and Russian citizenship, has been charged with over 60 separate sex crimes against 11 girls aged between 13 and 18. Each of the offences is punishable by a maximum of 20 years behind bars. Kuvayev has been held on remand by Russian authorities since December 2009. He fled the US after he was found liable in absentia to violations of the CAN-SPAM Act back in 2005 and fined $37m along with six other co-defendants in a case brought by the State of Massachusetts over the distribution of spam messages promoting everything from pirated software to counterfeit pharmaceuticals and porn.

Spamhaus's profile of Kuvayev can be found here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.