A 27-year-old man described as one of the
world’s most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal
authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease
in the amount of junk e-mail.
Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised “zombie”
computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails.
one of the top 10 spammers in the world,” said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft
Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company’s Worldwide Internet
Safety Programs. “He’s a huge problem for our customers. This is a very
Puffballs were sometimes called in English puckfists, a term that meant "fairy fart." .... They were also called fistballs, or bullfists,
which again referred to farting. Continental Europe has long associated
the puffball with anal evacuations: in ancient Rome it was crepitus lupi; in parts of Spain it was pedo de lobo; in France, pet de loup. All of these names mean "fart of the wolf," referring to noisy eruptions. In ancient Greece, the puffball was called lycoperdon, in Spain cuesco de lobo, in France vesse de loup,
meaning fart of the wolf--defining here the "silent-but-deadly"
variety. Another English title, recorded in 1597 by the herbalist John
Gerard, was Woolfes Fistes, again meaning (silent) fart of the wolf, a creature with a longstanding reputation for magic and malevolence.