Spam king faces jail after admitting child sex charges

Filed Under: Botnet, Law & order, Malware, Spam

Leonid KuvayevOne of the world's most notorious spammers faces jail after admitting that he had sex with under-age girls.

Spam overlord Leonid "Leo" Kuvayev is not facing any computer-related charges at Savyolovsky District Court in Moscow, but is instead answering accusations that he sexually molested girls as young as 13 years of age in the basement of one of his businesses in Leningrad.

Kuvayev has long been a name known to the spam-fighting community, believed to be responsible - amongst other things - for billions of spams related to counterfeit drugs, promoting sites like the Pharmacy Express:

Pharmacy Express

Investigators claim that 38-year-old Kuvayev, who holds dual Russian-American citizenship, committed at least 60 separate sex crimes, luring some of his young victims away from local orphanages and children's homes.

According to media reports, Kuvayev admitted his partial guilt, but claimed that the girls had consented to have sex with him.

According to a Moscow News report, when police searched Leonid Kuvayev's offices they found a room containing a shower, sauna, jacuzzi and large bed. Sex toys, a whip and handcuffs were also seized.

Reports indicate that Kuvayev could face up to 20 years in prison for each offence.

I guess it's always good to hear about a spammer being put out of business once and for all. Frankly, I won't be shedding any tears when Kuvayev is sentenced.

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6 Responses to Spam king faces jail after admitting child sex charges

  1. Kevin Hardy · 1587 days ago

    He's innocent. Its a trap

  2. Lost the game · 1587 days ago

    60 seperate crimes
    20 possible years for each crime
    1,200 possible years in jail

    Have fun rotting, criminal scum.

  3. Black Jack Shellac · 1587 days ago

    Further proof that all spammers are psychopaths?

  4. Richard · 1586 days ago

    "... claimed that the girls had consented to have sex with him"

    But if they were under-age, they couldn't consent; that's the whole point of "under-age". Lets hope the judges have a better understanding of the law than this scum-bag.

  5. Bob Frank · 1586 days ago

    You forgot to mention he was an MIT grad, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.

  6. L.S. · 1448 days ago

    Read the article below: the rate of acquittals in Russian courts is less than 1%. With stats like that, I wouldn't believe anything coming from that "justice" system.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley