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MySpace Gets $234M Judgement Against Spam Gang

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A spammer that supposedly "went clean" several years ago and left the spamming industry is again caught for sending junk mail.

The popular online hangout MySpace has won a $234 million judgment over junk messages sent to its members in what is believed to be the largest anti-spam award ever.

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Spammer Gets Nine Years In Prison

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Virginia's Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first US felony conviction for spamming. The spammer will serve nine years in prison for sending what authorities believe to be millions of messages over a two-month period in 2003.

Jeremy Jaynes is the man who will make history. A Raleigh, North Carolina, resident who made Spamhaus' top 10 list of spammers, Jaynes was arrested in 2003 even before the CAN SPAM act was passed by Congress. Jaynes was convicted in 2005, but his lawyers appealed the conviction. This past Friday, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld that conviction, but the vote was a narrow 4-3.

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Microsoft Hotmail Taken Over By Spammers

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At first I thought this was an anomaly, but after weeks of this activity happening over and over, it cannot be ignored: Microsoft's Hotmail servers seem to have been taken over by spammers and are now pumping out large quantities of spam.

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"Top Spammer" Indicted

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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.

Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised "zombie" computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails.

"He's 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 good day."

Despite the claim that this "top spammer" has been captured, we see no indication whatsoever that spam volume has been reduced. But it's still a good sign that the government is finally pulling their heads out of the sand and dealing with these criminals.

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U.K. ISP Tiscali "Taken Down By Spammers"

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Spammers have knocked out the e-mail service for many of the customers of internet service provider (ISP) Tiscali, the firm has said.

BSA's take on this is that Tiscali, long having had a reputation for bad security, has allowed their customers' zombied PCs to run rampant, and now have been wholesale blacklisted by many other ISPs around the world, who are fed up with this service provider being a constant source of junk e-mail.

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Spammer Faces 101 Years In PMITA Prison!

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Spamming scumbag Jeffrey Brett Goodin has been convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act, the first person in the U.S. prosecuted successfully under the law. He is facing a sentence of up to 101 years in a federal prison after being found guilty of numerous illegal acts. According to prosecutors, Goodin was convicted on multiple counts in addition to the CAN-SPAM conviction, including wire fraud, unauthorized use of credit cards, misuse of the AOL trademark and attempted witness harassment.

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Battle Rages Between Spammers and Anti-Spammers

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[Beating Dead Horses]
An Israeli company called Blue Security has attracted the ire of the spam community by introducing a new system whereby people subscribe to a "do not spam" registry and download client software that effectively attacks spam advertisers if they violate the do-not-spam rules.

The spamming community has not been happy with this and have launched their own counter attack against Blue Security (and anybody in between).

In the process, these two warring factions have interrupted thousands of internet sites and systems. And still, the federal authorities seem completely uninterested in actually enforcing computer tampering and anti-spamming laws.

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Scammers Now Using Automated Phone Systems For Identity Theft

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A San Francisco-based e-mail security company, said it has seen two separate attacks this week. In both cases, the spammed message warns of a problem with a bank account and instructs the recipient to dial a phone number to resolve it.

The caller is connected to a voice response system that is made to sound exactly like the bank's own system.

"The phone system identifies itself to the target as the financial institution and prompts them to enter account number and PIN."

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Spammer Faces Up to 640 Years In Prison

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Florida spammer, Scott Levine was found guilty in Federal court on 120 counts of unauthorized access to data, two counts of access device fraud and one count of obstruction of justice, and now faces up to $30M in fines and 640 years in a Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. The owner of spam company, Snipermail.com was caught stealing 1.6 billion user records from data-management company Acxiom Corp. No word if Acxiom got in trouble for the crappy security it had in place which allowed so much of its customer info to be pilfered. In any case, it's a happy day when one more spammer gets taken down. We have to give the Feds props for finally going after these people.

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Russia's Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered

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Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.

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Lame Anti-Spyware Bill Passed House, Stuck in Senate

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Computer users MAY be excited by H.R. 29: Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, which passed (393-4) the House and is currently stuck in Senate committee. Also known as the Spy Act (no intended reference to Karl Rove), would outlaw the act of taking over a computer in order to send unauthorized information or code, as well as diverting a Web browser without the permission of the computer owner.

Unfortunately, as is typical in D.C., all is not what it appears. This Anti-Spyware bill does more to take away peoples' security and give comfort to spyware companies, but hey, it's got a catchy title that sounds effective, so maybe nobody will notice?

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New Microsoft Anti-Spyware Tool Ignores Spyware

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In the wake of the availability of Microsoft's anticipated anti-spyware tool, closer examination indicates that Microsoft is ignoring their own rules for what classifies as spyware and what should be removed from a person's PC if found. Apparently major spyware purveyors have talked Microsoft into letting them off the hook, and there are rumors that Microsoft is in the process of acquiring a major spyware vendor itself.

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Researchers Say Spam Is Good For You

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According to a report published at LiveScience, A steady diet of spam -- the electronic variety -- can be good for you. Researchers split a group of more than 2,100 Canadians into two groups. One group got emails that promoted healthy lifestyles, the other got none. Those who were 'spammed' apparently saw their body mass go down..

Unfortunately, these boneheads sent out daily affirmations, not a barrage of teen sex, mortgage and stock scams, and cheap medications. It's quite a stretch for these people to call their research on "spam" as most of us define it.

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Finally a state Attorney General sues some spammers

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In what appears to be a long, long, long overdue move on the part of state attorney generals to get off their asses and start taking action against spammers, the state of Texas and specifically AG Greg Abbott has stepped up and is suing two men believed to be among the largest spammers in the United States. Unfortunately this is only a civil case... but hopefully there will be criminal prosecution to follow.

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New screen saver fights back against spammers

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"Make Love Not Spam": Lycos has announced a clever new free screen saver that targets known spam servers and when your computer is idle, drains a bit of bandwidth from them, supposedly to cost spammers more money in bandwidth costs. Seems like a cool idea to me.

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Spamcop settles court case with spammer. End result: nothing

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Notorious spammer, Optinrealbig sued Spamcop/Ironport, the company promoting one of the most effective blacklisting operations against spammers. The case has recently been settled and in a typically useless scenario, no details have been made public on the nature of the settlement. Spammer sues anti-spam company; anti-spam company claims nothing has changed; spammer claims nothing has changed. Score: Consumers 0, Lawyers 1.

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US wins gold medal in SPAM

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Figures are in, and the latest indicate that the United States is the biggest spammer in the world, with almost half of all spam originating in the states. For awhile the Korean and Chinese teams were in the lead, but in a the end, the United States came out on top!

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New York slaps spammer on the wrist

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In no doubt another embarassing revelation on the total ineffectiveness of law enforcement, the state of New York settles its case against a notorious spammer for a mere $50k, which not surprisingly the spammer claims is a win for him. Maybe some day we will have real law enforcement against these spamming goons who break into peoples' computers to spread junk e-mail, but today we have more BS.

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