"SPAM King" busted, best news I've heard in a while! 10 replies

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Modern Warfare

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#1 11 years ago

Just read about this in the local paper but here's an online article about it. http://www.cio.com/article/114300/_Spam_King_Busted_in_Seattle I can only hope that if this jerk is paroled in 7 years or so the laws on this kind of crime will be harsh enough to make him think twice about doing it again. I'm sure he'll no doubt be under close surveillance for life though.




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#2 11 years ago

Links BS. It shows for like 2 seconds then goes to its blank homepgae. :/




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#3 11 years ago

I've heard about that. Though I doubt he's the only one. Didn't he send like 20000 spam mails on an average weekend?


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#4 11 years ago

It's easy, there's a way to mailbomb people(i don't know how to though), sending thousands of the same mails to a specific person on a very short time.




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#5 11 years ago
B@SE;3713823Links BS. It shows for like 2 seconds then goes to its blank homepgae. :/

Worked for me. iam glad to hear when they get scum like this off the web.




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#6 11 years ago

Doesnt open for me :( But anyway, yup, happy hes busted, the a-hole!




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#7 11 years ago

He's basically responsible for over 10,000,000 total fraudulent emails worldwide and is said to probably be getting about a 20 year sentence. He has a company that sells a $495 software that was claimed to be just a sophisticated mass mailing program for businesses trying to advertise. Turns out it's basically spam bot software and works via using other people's addresses (mostly Hotmail) as disguises when it's sent. Besides the sentence lots of money and asssets will be seized from him. He's made over 3/4 million doing this and is charged with identity theft. Yes there are others that do this kind of thing but according to the article I read (from a Seattle newspaper where the guy is located) it's the biggest bust of it's kind so far and should clear up a LOT of people's mail boxes. Despite my not caring much for Microsoft I have to admit they are partly responsible for his arrest. They've pursued his arrest before for suspicion of using people's Hotmail accounts to hide behind. Maybe he's a former Microsoft employee that's disgruntled about a promotion he didn't get. Anyway, the guy is obviously a real loser and what's funny is now he's probably sweating about all those penis enlargement spam ads (yes those were part of his scam) now that he will have lots of prison mates to talk about it with.:moon::lol:




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#8 11 years ago
Sovereign002;3713924I've heard about that. Though I doubt he's the only one. Didn't he send like 20000 spam mails on an average weekend?

I'd be surprised if it was that few, the average PC could generate that many e-mails in perhaps an hour, maybe less if it was using a program designed for sending them.

I know this because I once accidentally rigged a datacentre to e-mail me but put it in an infinite loop, the result was that I had perhaps 40 000 e-mails by the time it stopped. :p

So you can see why I'm a little skeptical that a spam "king" only sent out that much. So either it was a lot more, or the news is really making a big deal out of very little. -------------------------

Intrigued about this, I did some quick calculations using the figures the article gives (Which are virtually none), assuming "tens of millions" as 20 million, and the time as three years, we end up with 25 000 (rounded) e-mails per day.

Seems to me that they only got a mid-range spammer, hardly a "king". :(




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#9 11 years ago

I would like to see some more details about this fish. Either way it's nice they caught a spam scammer.




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#10 11 years ago
Admiral Donutz;3716495I would like to see some more details about this fish. Either way it's nice they caught a spam scammer.

Something just occured to me.

Sure, they may have caught the guy, they may even caught the guy at the head of his operation, but what makes them so sure that he didn't pass the compromised PCs to someone else? Surely, anyone regarded as a spam "king" would have other spamming contacts?

I wouldn't be surprised if most of the compromised PCs are still doing exactly as they were doing - Sending out spam, only this time with someone else's website all over it.

Hooray for skepticism :p




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