The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Monday, July 24, 2006

FBI files charges against Rambam.

Brian Krebs in his Security Fix column in the Washington Post has the lowdown on the arrest of Steven Rambam, who was arrested at the Hope hacker conference on Saturday.

In short, Rambam is charged with obstruction of justice and witness tampering. In particular, it is alleged that he impersonated a federal investigator at the request of Albert Santoro, a former Brooklyn assistant DA currently charged with money laundering, who had hired him to locate a government informant. In other words, earlier speculation that he had outed someone in the FBI's witness protection program may not have been too far from the truth.

See Brian Krebs' article or the original complaint (pdf) for more details. It's a pretty seedy story and we can expect that Rambam will be kept very busy for the next few months (if not years.)


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