The “spam king” was sentenced on Tuesday to 47 months in prison, with a ruling that the court hopes sends a message to other online criminals.
Robert Soloway, the man known as the spam king for the massive volume of spam he sent out, pleaded guilty to fraud, spamming and tax evasion after being indicted in May 2007. After an unusually long sentencing hearing lasting two-and-a-half days, Judge Marsha Pechman handed down her sentence in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle.
The prosecution argued that Soloway should get more prison time than any of the previous spammers, asking for a sentence of seven to nine years. “None of those cases, not one, comes close to this case in terms of the duration of the maliciousness, the harassment techniques, the high level of spamming activity that we have in this case,” said assistant U.S. attorney Kathryn Warma.
However, compared with some other notorious spammers, Soloway deserved some leniency, his attorneys said. Soloway didn’t damage anyone’s computer, he didn’t send out malicious code, and he never directed people to pornography, as some spammers have done, his lawyer Richard Troberman said. Jaynes, for example, had millions of AOL e-mail addresses that were stolen from the ISP (Internet service provider), and he was earning as much as US$700,000 a month from his activities, Troberman said. By comparison, the government figured conservatively that Soloway earned more than $700,000 in three years.
Soloway apologized to the judge and to his family, admitting that his actions were wrong. “There is no one else to blame but myself,” he said, before the judge handed down her sentence.
Soloway has apologized for his activities before. After he was investigated in 1999 in California for spamming activities, he told detectives that he was sorry and learned a lot, Warma said. “He then moved on to another state and immediately engaged in the same behavior,” she said.
It has been more typical for Soloway to boast about his techniques than to apologize for them. In online forums he would brag that he would never have to pay the millions of dollars the civil courts ordered him to pay.
He claims he lived in a modest household growing up but went to school with kids who were wealthier. He didn’t have friends and always figured that if he earned a lot of money, people would like him, he said. “The only time people ever talked to me was when I made money or spent it,” he said. “It was completely wrong. I’m very embarrassed and ashamed.”
Microsoft attorney Aaron Kornblum attended the hearing and said he was pleased with the results. “Soloway repeatedly broke the law. He defied a federal judge and he made a lot of money. This sends a strong message.”
Soloway was one of the first spammers Microsoft sued when, in 2003, the company decided it was time to try to put a stop to spam using legal means. At the time, Soloway was known as the third-most-prolific spammer in the world, Kornblum said.
In addition to the prison term, Soloway will serve three years of probation and must do 200 hours of community service.
Upd.: если меня не проглючило, то судя по всему вместе с капчей убрали и таймер ожидания!
Вот бы еще убрали это долбанное время ожидания после скачивания 1 файла..
By eliminating the captchas we simplified the use of RapidShare’s free services significantly. In addition, free-users can now upload and download bigger files (up to 200 megabyte). Anyhow, to protect RapidShare from congestion caused by automated downloading, we limited the maximum download speed for free‐users to 500 kilobit per second. To compensate for that, they do not have to wait anymore until starting a succeeding download.
Premium-users now profit from more flexibility regarding the download volume: It used to be limited to 10 gigabyte per day and can be “saved” now to a maximum of 50 Gigabyte. As a consequence, the volume that was not used is transferred to the following day automatically, up to a maximum of 50 gigabyte. If the complete download capacity is used up during one day, the premium-user is able to save another 10 gigabyte the following day.
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Former swordplay trainer to the stars and Star Wars fanatic Jeremy Flynn recently opened “Jedi Gym”, a fitness center in Torrance, CA where members channel characters from the Star Wars film series to work out, meditate, and improve their lives.
“Star Wars is all about the Hero’s Journey, and so is working out,” says Flynn, ” you leave home, battle your demons, and hopefully return home stronger.”
Two decades have passed since the demonic denizens, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, wandered the world of Sanctuary in a vicious rampage to shackle humanity into unholy slavery. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils directly, the memory fades slowly and the wounds of the soul still burn.
When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram’s Cathedral seeking clues to new stirrings of evil, a comet from the heavens strikes the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. The comet carries a dark omen in its fiery being and it calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells – and even the failing luminaries of the High Heavens itself.
Explore a fully-realized Sanctuary – the living, breathing gothic fantasy world of Diablo III rendered in gorgeous 3D.
Battle the unholy forces of the Burning Hells with all-new character classes like the otherworldly Witch Doctor, or with re-imagined warriors from Diablo’s past: such as the fierce Barbarian.
Rain Hell on your enemies wielding the interactive environment as a weapon: lay cunning traps, turn destructible objects against your foes, and use environmental obstacles to your advantage – all powered by the Havoc physics system.
Experience the intensity of multiplayer Diablo III over an all-new, wickedly-enhanced Battle.net platform with numerous enhancements to make connecting with your friends easier – and cooperative gameplay more fun.
З.Ы.: сайт походу у них тормозит…
Долго не мог понять, почему Firefox виснет или вообще crash-иться, когда я пытался зайти на Gmail с работы.. Сначала думал, что это из-за того что все на работе сидят тоже в интернете и сжирают трафик, т.к. под вечер, когда никого практически нет, Gmail еще более менее шустро грузился, да и из дома тоже нормально заходил…
А сегодня решил таки поискать в чем же все таки проблема на самом деле, ведь у Gmail-а врядли такие уж слабенькие серваки, что надо супер-дупер быстрое подключение, чтобы без проблем заходить. Среди большого количества постов на эту тему, ответом стал вот этот вот вопрос и комментарии к нему.
Оказалось, что дело все в Add-On-ах, нужных мне для работы
(duh!)… По поводу Firebug-а, что он замедляет Gmail, знал уже давно – в Gmail-е есть детектор включенного Firebug-a, который собственно и сообщает, что Firebug лучше отключить. Кроме Firebug-a, отключить (или заблокировать для “mail.google.com”) стоит HTML Validator и Web Developer.. Короче, все что обрабатывает source код стоит отключить или заблокировать, но не исключенно, что и другие какие-то Add-On-ы тоже “не дружат” с Gmail-ом…
В “Safe Mode” с отключенными всеми Add-On-ами практически моментально загружаеться.
Правда, это полностью не исправило проблему и все равно время от времени Firefox зависает, когда захожу на Gmail… Приходиться использовать “Basic HTML”…
|Будем надеяться, что с выпуском Firefox 3, который кстати состоится 17-го Июня, Gmail-ом можно будет нормально пользоваться… Хотя, думаю, что можно будет, т.к. наверно больше половины Add-On-ов еще не обновлены для третьей версией..
Да, кстати если надо, то Firefox 3 Release Candidate 3 можно уже скачать..
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