Friday, July 25, 2008

"Spam King" Kills Himself and Family

So lots of people still think that cyber crime is a minor issue done by hackers and kids who really are just fooling around. i hear that all the time especially from politicians who don't have the spine to step up to the plate and regulate the IT part of business. WELL, HERE IS A NICE STORY about a "nice guy" spammer and cyber crook.

Fugitive Spam King Dead in Apparent Murder-suicide
Robert McMillan, IDG News ServiceThursday, July 24, 2008

"Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and three year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday

Davidson had been a fugitive from the law since walking away from a federal minimum-security prison camp in Florence, Colorado on Sunday. He had been serving a 21 month sentence after pleading guilty to criminal spam charges late last year.

Another person, a teenaged girl according to local reports, was shot, but survived the incident. Authorities also found an infant, unharmed, at the scene of the shooting.

Davidson's wife had been in the car with him when he left the Florence prison, about 45 miles south of Colorado Springs, on Sunday. He had last been seen in Lakewood, Colorado where he got a change of clothes and cash, according to the Department of Justice.

Known as the Colorado "Spam King," Davidson earned millions of dollars between 2003 and 2006 by operating a spamming operation, called Power Promoters, out of his home. He would change the header information in his messages to make it appear as if they had come from legitimate companies such as AOL and then send them out to hundreds of thousands of addresses.

Davidson sent the messages on behalf of an unnamed Houston company, court filings state. He was asked to promote about 19 penny-stock companies, including one called Advanced Power Line Technologies in 2006 and 2007. He would earn fees based on the trading volume of the stocks he was promoting.

The business was lucrative: The Houston company paid Davidson about US$1.4 million for his services, court documents state.

Between 2003 and 2006, when his primary source of income was spam, bank account deposits into Davidson's account totalled about $3.5 million.

"What a nightmare, and such a coward," said U.S. Attorney Troy"

So, next time you get spam remember that there may be a really bad goy at the other end of that keyboard!


At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, in a country that needs job
creation, do we inhibit creative
entrepreneurs who use effective,
low cost, email and drive them
to suicide and murdering a wife and shooting a small child over nothing?

This sort of stupid and dangerous law, puts every one in this country at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world, who can reach us, and
everyone else on the planet with
impunity, through the internet at low cost, to raise their capital so they can sell their goods to us
and transfer our wealth to other

Is this sort of stupidity a CIA
Plot to make Bin Laden laugh himself to death, or are our
lawmakers his agents?

This story is a good example of the truly damaging laws in our country which hurt every individual
who needs a job, for income to support a mortgage payment and put food on the table, diapers for the
kids, and sanitary napkins to keep
a clean household.

All this guy did was advertise companies needing capital for businesses which create jobs.

Yet we make a crime of it.

Why do we even allow a company
like AOL to intercept our mail,
read it for us, and delete it
before we see it?

This is pure censorship in a supposedly free country.

Commercial Email is a far less
annoying and innocuous form of
advertising than radio, tv, magazines or newsprint.

It may be annoying, but lots of
things in our life are harmless, yet annoying to some people.

Ads on radio/tv for womens sanitary
napkins at dinnertime, are just
one example.

Where would our economy be without this innovative invention
to keep our hands busy doing something?

Should our lawmakers pull the plug
on this loophole?

The owner of Metromedia didn't get prosecuted for the wholesale killing of endangered species slaughtered in his game preserve in Albemarle County. Only the gamekeeper got deported. Big deal. It must be nice to own
a federal judge.

People like him fill up real mailboxes with their worthless garbage, kill snail darters in
the process and consume natural resources, and forests, not electrons to do it.

If enough people lose their homes
due to the sort of stupidity that
kills off women and children, and
finally effects them, then they
may start remedial action.

Just Look what happened in 1776 over a few teabags.

What was the memorable phrase one
of the bigoted, slave holding, founders of this stupid
coutnry had to say about the
"blood of tyrants"?


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