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Hoax? Is Alexey Tolstokozhev, spammer, dead?

Who is Alexey Tolstokozhev? According to a post on a website run by “Alex Loonov”, he’s a really bad spammer and he’s been shot.

Wow, just saw this on TV, so I decided to translate this story into English so my readers will be first to learn this. Sorry for mistakes in my English, I'm doing this in a hurry :)

Alexey Tolstokozhev (btw, in Russian his name means 'Thick Skin'), a Russian spammer, found murdered in his luxury house near Moscow. He has been shot several times with one bullet stuck in his head. According to authorities, this last head shot is a clear mark of russian hit men (known as "killers" in Russia).

This is starting to circulate around the net rapidly. (opens in new tab)

Except I’m not sure it’s true.

Alexey Tolstokozhev doesn’t show up on ROKSO (opens in new tab). He doesn’t show up on any web searches. And no one I know in the security industry has ever heard of this guy.

And who is Alex Loonov? Well, his website shows all kinds of archives and looks like it has a lot of material.

Except it was only registered today, at, of all places, the infamous EST Domains. (opens in new tab)

I smell a hoax.

Update: Yup, it's certainly a hoax. (opens in new tab)

Update 2: I wouldn't encourage visits to this hoax site. There's no malware on it and you're not going to get infected. But given where this thing is hosted (and the fact that it is tracking visits), why bother? (If you're seriously paranoid, you might even go so far as to use TOR to anonymize yourself.)

At any rate, here's the link to the hoax website: loonov(dot)com/russian-viagra-and-penis-enlargement-spammer-murdered(dot)htm

Alex is a technology CEO, with leadership, operating partner, investor, and board member roles at security firms including AutoLoop, Borland, Quarterdeck (now Symantec and Cisco WebEx), GFI/TeamViewer, Sunbelt Software (now ThreatTrack Security), BlueStripe Software, StopBadware, Knowbe4, Malwarebytes, and Runaware Holding AB. When CEO of Sunbelt he ran a security blog, and he still writes on security.