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‘Spam King’ arrested


Robert Soloway, aged 27, was arrested in Seattle earlier this week -- a week after being indicted on charges of identity theft; money laundering; and wire, mail, and e-mail fraud.

Soloway has been responsible for sending tens of millions of unsolicited commercial bulk e-mail between November 2003 and May 2007. In a bid to avoid detection he has routinely changed the Internet address of his company, Newport Internet Marketing. In 2006 Soloway started to register new Internet addresses via Chinese service providers.

The prosecution claim that in order to carry out his ‘routine’ spamming activities the accused made use of ‘botnets’ and false e-mail headers. A ‘botnet’ is a network made up of ‘zombie’ computers; these are generally home computers that have been infected with some kind of Trojan or malicious software. Once a member of a ‘botnet’ these machines can be used to send SPAM email without any knowledge of the owner. Headers in an email specify information such as the subject and ‘from’ address. By falsifying these headers users were tricked in to opening unsolicited email that would usually have been filtered out or ignored.

Mr Soloway is said to be the first person to face prosecution under new federal laws aimed at fighting identity theft. If convicted he faces losing over $700,000 that he is said to have made from his spamming activities. He will also receive a fine of $250,000 and up to 65 years in prison!

5 comments
w2ktechman
w2ktechman

YEAH -- Show No Mercy for this Spamming Fool...

williamonthefloor
williamonthefloor

Wouldn't it be sweet if Soloway was convicted and sent up? Prisoners find him and lay into him with axe handles, beating him mercilessly within an inch of his life. He takes two months to recover. Oddly enough, his head isn't damaged, as the prisoners wish to insure his continued cognizance of his situation. Upon release from the prison hospital, he is again accosted and beaten to within an inch of his life. He again recovers, is released and the cycle begins all over again. When he finally dies, many years in the future, after uncounted beatings, he is sent to Hell, where he awaits similar treatment. However, this time there is no hospital, no making sure his head is untouched because Hell provides its own cognizance inducing drugs. Soloway faces eternity being beaten brutally with an axe handle.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Although I dont believe in hell or the like, so leave that part out and -- Hmmm...

jdclyde
jdclyde

All he is going to hear is "You've got Male"... :0