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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

A man has been sentenced to nine years in jail by a Virginia judge for sending millions of junk emails, or "spamming".

From the BBC

Don't know if anyone caught this story, but I thought it was pretty interesting to finally see a spammer get a decent sentence!

2. Posted by GretaGarbo (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

I hope they lock him away without internet access...

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

HOLY TOLEDO!! He sent 825 MILLION emails using stolen identities!!!
I have heard of hackers getting up to 3 years in jail in the US...I think nine years is a bit harsh...but I suppose it sends a message to anyone even thinking about doing it...

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

HOLY TOLEDO!!

Why is it Toledo is always so holy?

I think the reason he got so long was because there was some serious scamming going on. Interesting though. Supposedly the 8th largest spammer in the world! Well, I wish they'd get the no.1 spammer - the one who keeps on sending me those [email protected] emails ;) The fact that they could figure out that he was the 8th largest implies they know who the 7 above him are!

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Quoting Cupcake

HOLY TOLEDO!!

Why is it Toledo is always so holy?

hehe, I didn't think I should say 'HOLYSHIIT!'? ;)

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Personally I don't think it's enough time behind bars. People like this are causing serious problems in communication networks and are blatantly engaged in misleading people (at quite a good profit judging by those numbers in that article!!!). If you look at what they cost society in terms of work deleting emails alone, it's millions lost on a daily basis. I'd like to see one of these guys sued for that loss of money and put behind bars for 20+ years really.... yes, I hate spam!!!

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

isn't that a little too harsh sam?
We are talking about the taking away of one of the most basic and special human rights, feedom, from a man for doing something that is at the end of the day just an irritation...???

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Sorry mim, but I have a small business website and have had spammers trying to use my business e-mail to spam other for pharmacy products, sex toys and a whole host of other items. I also get spammed with this s**t daily - to the tune of 100+ e-mails. It's more than an annoyance. And, that fact that a spammer is using my accounts as a tool, pisses me off to no end. It is illegal. And, it's no different (in my mind), than spray-painting your slogans on the side of someone else's building. It costs businesses billions of dollars a year in lost productivity and increased software/hardware upgrades, etc.

Granted, TP costs businesses literally 10s of dollars in lost worker productivity because of the number of TP addicts logging on at work. I'm glad I work from home!!! (Kidding Sam and Pete!!!!!!!) ;)

Just our opinion and we're stickin' to it. Jail time is good - and take away their right to use the internet forever...

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting mim

isn't that a little too harsh sam?
We are talking about the taking away of one of the most basic and special human rights, feedom, from a man for doing something that is at the end of the day just an irritation...???

It's not just an irritation though. Someone who sends out 10 million emails a day and makes 750 000 dollars a month by blatantly misleading people and stealing from them is doing something illegal, it's just that the laws haven't quite caught up with this yet. If this was judged as any other theft, and then multiplied by the number of people stolen from, clearly then, 20 years is not even close to enough. If someone robs a bank they get more years and I don't see why this should be any different. Even if they get less years in jail, they should be held accountable financially for the money they stole and the money they cost society.

Spam is no longer just an irritation either but is costing billions and billions of dollars a year, if not month, which could be used for far better things! Then there is the 'fine line' between what's spam that is just irritating by promoting a product, spam that is a little bit more annoying as it is selling you a product that doesn't actually exist and spam that is aimed at stealing your credit card details and stealing even more of your money...

10. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Sorry mim, but I have a small business website and have had spammers trying to use my business e-mail to spam other for pharmacy products, sex toys and a whole host of other items.

Good point, it's very annoying when I get emails that 'bounce back' which we haven't even sent! Not to mention emails which are sent out fake citibanks, pay pals etc. and that a LOT of people don't know are not really from these financial institutions so have no problem giving their details to.

[quote=isadora]Granted, TP costs businesses literally 10s of dollars in lost worker productivity because of the number of TP addicts logging on at work. I'm glad I work from home!!! (Kidding Sam and Pete!!!!!!!) ;)[quote]

Hehehe, so true. I hope they don't pass a law against internet access at work for several of the members sake