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Porn Spammers Caught and Convicted

Two men were convicted in Arizona Monday on eight criminal counts by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Phoenix. The charges included money laundering and transportation of obscene materials in connection with running a pornographic spamming business.

The men seem to have been identified after more than 660,000 complaints were filed with ISP’s, and a some complaints were even documented by the Federal Trade Commission.

The trial began on June 5 and was the first to include charges under the controlling the assault of non-solicited pornography and marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act.

Of course they seem to have already pocketed millions of dollars generated from the unsolicited emails sent to users. The spamming operation started in 2003 and the two men made more than $2 million by sending out spam e-mail advertising porn Web sites. The two earned a commission for each person that was directed to one of the pornographic Web sites.

The two men were convicted of two violations of the CAN-SPAM Act. One of the counts charged that the men sent multiple electronic commercial mail messages containing falsified header information. Another charge indicated the two were charged with sending e-mail using domain names that had been registered using false information.

The two men are facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each CAN-SPAM and offense as well as fines up to $500,000 and a maximum of 20 years in prison for money laundering.

The system seems to work! Yeah! Of course just look at the numbers though: Two down and thousands left to go.

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George says

Its about time, but I bet it didnt make a dent in stopping spam.

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