I hope the feds show no mercy to this scum of the earth.
Via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
The Seattle man is accused of illegally clogging the planet’s inboxes with billions of illegal e-mails using hijacked computer networks.
You’ve probably heard from him, federal authorities say. Many times.
And with his arrest, you could see an immediate decrease in the amount of spam e-mail in your inbox, they said.
One expert estimated that the man agents dubbed the “Spam King” when they arrested him Wednesday sent billions, perhaps even tens of billions, of e-mails a day.
On just two groups of servers, in just a few months, federal investigators found more than 200 million spam messages linked to 27-year-old Robert Soloway.
Let’s face it, in the context of the events of the world today, Soloway’s crime is not earth-shattering. He didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t enslave anyone.
And yet, he’s probably in the top 20 most hated human beings on the planet.
More below the fold, as usual.
“We know that Robert Soloway is one of the most prolific spammers in the world,” Warma said before the hearing. “He has condemned them (his victims) to perpetual spam hell” unless they escape by canceling their domain names or changing their Internet protocol addresses.
So notorious is Soloway that the Internet fumes with anti-spammers worldwide livid with his alleged activities. There are endless rants, tricks on how to stop him, a Web site called “solowaysucks.net,” and all sorts of personal dirt — from Soloway’s driving infractions to clues on where he went to high school to a link on how to call his mother.
Ooooh. I like the next part:
“Punk,” “worm,” “piece of (excrement)” and “bloody gutless coward” are among the nicer epithets.
But on Wednesday, many people rejoiced.
Let’s throw a hangin’ party.
In an apparent effort to hide the true ownership of his Web site, authorities say Soloway constantly moved it to different domains — even registering last year through Chinese Internet Service providers. The spammed messages used to advertise his corporate Web sites contained false header information and were relayed using networks of slave computers called “botnets.”
Soloway’s alleged actions in the virtual world caused real-world chaos. His spam contained phony headers with e-mail addresses or domain names of innocent real people or organizations, which were subsequently blamed for Soloway’s spam and “blacklisted” as a result.
“The amount of damage he does to the Internet — the fraud thing to innocent people who think they’re hiring some Internet person — is awful,” said John Reid, a volunteer with The Spamhaus Project, an anti-spam group.
He said Soloway preyed on computer-gullible business owners who thought they were hiring a legitimate company to help increase traffic to their Web sitess[sic] — only to discover that Soloway sent waves of spam in their name.
I’d be OK with hangin’ this guy. Sorry, but I have no pity for him, and I plan on havin’ a Hurricane or a Margarita on the day he’s sentenced (assuming he’s found guilty, and non-alcoholic ’cause I’m underage of course 😉 )
Soloway, who has also lived in California and Oregon, has been on the group’s top 10 list for notorious spammers in recent years, but isn’t on it currently. Reid estimated that Soloway sent billions, perhaps even tens of billions, of e-mails a day.
Ok, quick question: Which part of that is more scary? The part where he is alleged to have sent tens of billions of spam emails a day or the part where he’s not even on the top ten spammers list any more?