Thursday, May 31, 2007

One-Time Spam King Booked in Seattle

Robert Alan Soloway, perhaps the most famous of prolific individal spammers, was arrested in Seattle Wednesday on federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering:
In a 24-page indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan said that Soloway has been operating his illegal scheme since November 2003, and sent out tens of millions of spam e-mails in an effort to drum up business for his e-mail advertising software (which in turn would send out additional spam).

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Some reports have suggested that Soloway's arrest will cause a noticeable decrease in spam, but [Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail representative John] Levine suggested that any decline would unfortunately be minimal. "There's no question that [Soloway's] been responsible for a lot of spam," Levine said, "and his arrest will help. But the amount of spam has increased so much over the last couple of years that even his arrest won't make much difference."
Link. Indeed, AP writers who procrastinate on their deadlines because they would rather just check their e-mail let us know that spam continues to flow through:
Other types of spam were largely unaffected by the arrest. One Gmail account collected messages Thursday promising deals on Viagra and other medicines, while an AOL account drew an offer for two large, mouthwatering pizzas.
Link (via Freakonomics Blog). But what about the poetry, AP reporters? What about the poetry?

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