Dutch mass spammer loses grip

Monday, 7 July 2003, 2:35 PM EST

Martijn Bevelander is not a happy man. The 23 year-old Dutch entrepreneur was exposed last week by the BBC as a mass spammer. Now his company Megaprovider is sinking.

As well as hosting pornographic websites for notorious spam gangs such as Superzonda, MegaProvider has allegedly sent large quantities of spam for mostly American clients through an Amsterdam-based subsidiary called CyberAngels.

Several Dutch internet companies suspected this for some time. Even American spam fighters began to notice an increase of spam originating from the Low Countries.

The BBC discovered that Superzonda, a South American spam gang which may have used the Sobig virus to install open proxies on end-users machines, hijacked British Airways' computers without its knowledge to advertise a website called beautifulwomentodate.com (offering Russian brides).

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