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06|25|2007 11:03 pm EDT

Porn Spammers Busted

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues, News

s[amTwo men were convicted today on 8 counts stemming from a porn spamming business. Jeffrey A. Kilbride, 41, of Venice, Calif., and James R. Schaffer, 41, of Paradise Valley, Ariz. were convicted by a federal jury on all counts brought against them, including conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, and transportation of obscene materials.

“Through their international spamming operation, these defendants made millions of dollars by sending unwanted sexually explicit emails to hundreds of thousands of innocent people, including families and children, while simultaneously using sophisticated Internet technology to try to conceal their identity,� said Assistant Attorney General Fisher. “This prosecution, the first of its kind under the CAN-SPAM Act, demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to protect American families from receiving unsolicited spam email.�

[via LawFuel]

The penalties they face could be as hefty as 5 years in jail for each spam, as well as a fine up to $500,000 and 20 years max for the money laundering charges. According to reports, the 2 men used multiple offshore operations and spoofed the headers in their emails with false address information. In addition the apparently also used fictious entities in their whois records.

. . .the domain names used to send the spam were registered in the name of a fictitious employee at a shell corporation Kilbride and Schaffer established in the Republic of Mauritius.

These guys will probably be made an example of and I would imagine the fact that the whois was falsified will raise up more concerns within the policy making and legal community. This is a big time serious case being the first of its kind and the first conviction based on the CAN-SPAM Act

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