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Spammer settles with MS and Texas 36

RedOregon writes "One of the world's most notorious spammers has settled lawsuits with the state [of Texas] and Microsoft Corp. that cost him at least $1 million, took away most of his assets and forced him to stop sending the e-mails."
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Spammer settles with MS and Texas

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  • We still lose... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by crazyjeremy ( 857410 ) * on Monday June 05, 2006 @06:02PM (#15475835) Homepage Journal
    So wait a second... Since he settled for $1 million dollars and in his career he actually made more than $1 million, how is this fair? We still all lose, right? If he's made enough money to buy the house and the BMW, what's a million dollar fine but a slap on the wrist? Why doesn't this punk go to jail?
    • Umm.... because people don't go to jail for losing a civil case?
      • Which is why the current spam laws must be changed.

        Sending spam without giving users the chance to opt-out would still be applied.
        Sending spam through open proxies or machines without the explicit written authorization of their legal owners should be illegal, with jail penalty.
        • And who will enforce this laws in, say, China?
          • Re:We still lose... (Score:3, Interesting)

            by Phroggy ( 441 ) *
            And who will enforce this laws in, say, China?

            The Chinese government can deal with Chinese spammers however they want. This guy's in the US, and subject to US law. Let's work on cleaning up the spam problem in our own country, before we worry about foreign spammers, ok?
          • Well since the cold war ended I hear there's a lot of American spies who need a job. Hunting down and executing foreign spammers seems like an ideal tide-me-over until the next cold war.
          • We will. We're the Global Police, right? We use our powers of extraordinary rendition to swoop into other countries and kidnap their citizens for interrogation in countries with a, shall we say, less restrictive attitude towards, um, let's just call it "forceful questioning." How about we turn some of that loving goodness the spammers way?

            No, I'm not actually serious, but when your country is kidnapping foreigners to torture them in some third-world hell-hole, you either have to make jokes about it or shoot
        • Re:We still lose... (Score:1, Interesting)

          by PB_TPU_40 ( 135365 )
          Actually using any computer without authorization is illegal. Its why you can go after someone for gaining access to your machine, sending spam is the same thing. The biggest thing is prosecutors dont care about going after easy cases. What they really want is someone who is a good upstanding citizen thats done nothing wrong to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Such as your car hitting ice and causing a major accident. Then they'll file two felony counts against you, one completely bogus for
    • So wait a second... Since he settled for $1 million dollars and in his career he actually made more than $1 million, how is this fair? We still all lose, right? If he's made enough money to buy the house and the BMW, what's a million dollar fine but a slap on the wrist? Why doesn't this punk go to jail?

      The article says he has to sell the house and the BMW in order to pay the fine, plus he's agreed to stop sending spam. How does that mean we lose?

      Personally I don't care if this punk goes to jail or not. I
  • by advocate_one ( 662832 ) on Monday June 05, 2006 @06:06PM (#15475864)
    I have recently had to settle with my creditors for the sum of $1 million... could you please send some money to down_to_my_last_BMW.guy@spam.city.com I promise I will not do it again, and with the grace of God, your donation and kindness will set me on the true path
  • Unfortunately, I am to be saying that a Mr. Sting died in Nigeria yesterday, with his Estate not settled. If you can contact me, we will send you $1 million as your inheritence. Please be of utmost privacy in responding to this request, as otherwise it will be spent on bribes and this would be double plus ungood.

    Contact me at Gully_B_L_Fool@nevertrust.ng or if our service is not working, send a copy to U_R_A_Sucker@aol.com just in case.

    Hoping to hear from you soonest, and not from Texas,

    I remain,

    Pay-ing v
  • Disclaimer: I wrote it (and use it). Free Windows program. Keep your money.

    My badmouthed, 99.67% effective solution to spam.. [slashdot.org]

    My approach used behind public email addresses will make spam email essentially unprofitable. It will be impossible to conveniently convey 'spam' as we now know it to people with such 'extreme filtering' in effect while still allowing email communications to take place. Sure, the desparate spammers can still spam but it will be painfully obvious and can be ignored. If 'too much'
  • He's trying to help us now. He's in the trenches with all of the victims of spam across the country. He's offering us his unique knowledge to help protect us now. He's one of us, guys, really. Here's a sample quote off of his Anti-Spam blog that will show you that his kind of knowledge is just what we need in this spam jihad.

    http://combatspam.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

    How's this for inside info from a veteran spammer?
    "Do not put your email address on your website. Email spiders look across all websites looking

  • Selling his $430K house and BMW? I'd venture a guess he has at least one good kidney he could spare. Maybe his buddies in the Russian mob or China could lend him a hand.

    Cruel and unusual punishment should really be brought back for instances like this. I say make an example of this jerk for the other Ralsky's of the world to take notice of. As a mail admin who has to continually clean up the messes morons like this create, I'd love to get a few sucker punches in myself.

    Sorry, but no sympathy whatsoever here

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