'Spam king' released from prison, disavows his former ways - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Techist Forum Information > News > The Net
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-04-2011, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
Destroyer of headlines
Megatron's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Headlines
Posts: 629
Default 'Spam king' released from prison, disavows his former ways

After more than four years in prison, Robert Soloway is now a free man. Dubbed the 'Spam King' for his role as the head of a spam ring that sent an estimated 10 trillion junk e-mails between 2003 and 2007, Soloway is now busy reintegrating himself into everyday life, according to Wired.

He was first arrested in May 2007 and charged with 35 counts including fraud, identity theft, and money laundering, and sentenced in July 2008. Soloway was widely considered one of the top ten spammers in the world, and had also lost multimillion dollar suits to Microsoft and an Oklahoma ISP as a result of his actions.

It is estimated that the spam ring he created earned him some $20,000 every day, according to reports. These days he claims he only has a "couple hundred" in his bank account, and works in a Seattle print shop making $10 an hour.

Freedom will be kind of a mirage for several years: as part of his plea deal, Soloway has agreed to monitoring of his online activities for a period of three years following his release. Don't expect him to return to his spamming ways, either.

"If I send out spam e-mails, that's a violation of my probation. End of story," he told Wired's Jim Popkin. "I'm being very careful. If I send out an e-mail, I'm not even going probably to CC it. I'll send a unique e-mail to each person."

Soloway also freely admits that he was "out of control" and "self-centered," and broke the law with what he did. This is certainly a far cry from the freewheeling twentysomething of years past who often seemed to try to goad authorities into catching him, which they eventually did.

Getting back online may be Soloway's biggest challenge, however. When he was locked up, MySpace was king, and Twitter didn't even exist. "I've never logged onto Facebook before but I hear it's nice. In terms of e-mail, Facebook has it built in," he quipped.

Megatron is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'Godfather of Spam' Sentenced to Four Years in Prison Osiris Viruses, Spyware and Malware 0 11-24-2009 05:25 PM
Spam King Ordered to Pay Facebook $711M Damages Osiris Viruses, Spyware and Malware 0 10-30-2009 09:38 AM
Ways for young people like me to make money! NO NOT SPAM!!! GrimReaper23 Off Topic Discussion 9 06-13-2006 01:21 AM
Prison Break ville_valo General Gaming 4 01-07-2006 06:43 PM
Prison rape Chankama Off Topic Discussion 8 10-13-2005 01:57 AM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.