|11-08-2004, 02:36 PM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Justice Served To Scumbag Spammer
Good! Need to round up all these jerks.
Case sends tough message on spam
By Emma Schwartz Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times
From a nondescript house in a neighboring state, Jeremy Jaynes and his sister raked in more than $24million with fake Internet offers of penny-stock tickers, non-existent FedEx refunds, cheap drugs and pornography.
They did it by flooding millions of gullible Internet users with junk e-mails known as spam. Indeed, Jaynes was ranked among the top 10 spammers in the world.
But last week Jaynes' schemes fell victim to what government officials and anti-spam groups hope will become an increasingly effective weapon against Internet fraud (news - web sites): hefty doses of jail time.
Using a new state anti-spam law considered the toughest in the United States, a Virginia jury convicted North Carolina residents Jaynes, 30, and Jessica DeGroot of sending untraceable junk e-mails to millions of customers of America Online, which is based in northern Virginia.
It was the first conviction under the law, the first in the nation to make it a felony to send large numbers of fraudulent, unsolicited e-mail messages.
In a state that is home to some of the nation's largest Internet service providers, the jury's decision was a milestone in another way: It made it likely that Jaynes will serve substantial prison time. The trial judge will not impose sentence until February, but the jury recommended 9 years.
DeGroot, 28, who was found to have played only a supporting role, was fined $7,500. A third defendant was acquitted. Jaynes' lawyer is contesting the prosecutions.
Although building legal cases against spammers and bringing them to court can be difficult given the global nature of the Internet, state officials and anti-spam advocates hope this case and others in the works will reverberate beyond the mid-Atlantic region--much the way high-profile legal action put a crimp in the downloading of pirated music from the Internet.
"These convictions and the prison sentence for kingpin spammer Jaynes send a resounding message from Virginia to spammers around the world," said Richard Campbell, deputy attorney general for the commonwealth. "If you defraud individuals and encumber ISPs with illegal spam, there are consequences."
|11-08-2004, 07:47 PM||#4|
Don't Argue With Me
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Austin, TX
|11-08-2004, 08:45 PM||#5|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Apr 2004
Still, it at least might make a lot of these guys think. Most of them probably feel pretty safe behind a computer screen. Now they know they aren't...
|11-08-2004, 11:29 PM||#7|
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: The Backside of the Internet
Spyware is the worst thing to happen to technology since the nuclear bomb.