just this one day for these guys: the death penalty & torture
Computer graphic generated by monkey.org
(I think by jose) for their spamanalysis.
Computer graphic generated by monkey.org
(I think by jose) for their spamanalysis.
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monkey is in overcast, poopy ahm nabro, meeshigun. open your right hand, palm up. point at it. there. "pop". "ruhf". "fuhyer". "graeyam". "geeked". "ch-ching!". these goddamn midwesterners.
these boys are really screwy.
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Okay, Vleeptron has said many times we are opposed to The Death Penalty.
We might think of making an exception in the case of James McCalla and his associates and sycophants and byzantines and cronies and buddies and pals. The winning party in this lawsuit calls the $11 200 000 000 the civil equivalent of The Death Penalty.
But there is also Torture, of which Vleeptron ordinarily also strictly disapproves. But these people could be strapped to chairs, their eyelids mechanically kept open (see the film "A Clockwork Orange") and forced to watch every spam ad they ever sent for the rest of their worthless scum-sucking lives.
Vleeptron had a lot of Fun with the secretcoded hidden toon teen pixel virtual non-existent satyriatic nasty rough porn in the video game Grand Theft Auto/San Andreas, as well as U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's ceaseless efforts to keep secretcoded hidden toon teen pixel virtual non-existent satyriatic nasty rough porn out of the eyeballs of Our Precious Children. Like, doesn't this dickwad in a Talbott's Soot know There's A non-virtual War On in Iraq ... oh never mind.
Well ... secretcoded hidden toon teen pixel virtual non-existent satyriatic nasty rough porn was Lots of Fun and Very Very Interesting.
But this Spam shit ............. this is Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange. Strange.
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The Associated Press
Thursday 5 January 2006
Spammer Must Pay
U$ 11 200 000 000
A Midwest internet service provider was awarded an $11.2 billion judgment against a Florida man for sending millions of unsolicited e-mails advertising mortgage and debt consolidation services.
The lawsuit, filed in 2003 by Iowa's CIS Internet Services, also prompted earlier judgments against companies in Florida and Arizona worth more than $1 billion.
"This ruling sets a new standard," said CIS owner Robert Kramer III. "Gross abusers of e-mail risk exposure to public ridicule as well as the economic death penalty."
The most recent judgment was issued Dec. 23 against James McCalla of Florida, who is also barred from accessing the internet for three years.
The lawsuit claimed that McCalla sent more than 280 million illegal spam e-mails into CIS's network, which provides internet connections in Eastern Iowa and parts of Illinois.
Kramer's lawsuit initially named numerous defendants, many of whom were dropped from the lawsuit in the last couple of years. In 2004, judgments totaling more than $1 billion were issued against Cash Link Systems and the TEI Marketing Group, both of Florida, and AMP Dollar Savings of Arizona.
The lawsuit said the defendants used the cis.net domain in the e-mails as part of a false return address to disguise their source and deflect complaints to CIS.
Kramer claimed that under state law he was entitled to $10 per illegal e-mail but didn't expect to receive any of the judgment money.
According to the website for the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail, large numbers of junk e-mails have knocked out or disrupted internet provider systems belonging to large companies such as AT&T, as well as systems belonging to smaller rural providers such as CIS. Additionally, the massive numbers of spam e-mails cost businesses and individuals millions of dollars annually.
John Mozena, co-founder and vice president of CAUCE, said Kramer's lawsuit will likely not solve the spamming problem.
"There have been regulatory actions and even criminal actions against spammers, but it has not made much of a dent in the total volume of spam we see," he said. "Spam is still roughly two-thirds of all e-mail on the internet."
He said sending unsolicited commercial e-mail is not illegal in the United States. It is only illegal to send dishonest spam, which includes forging a company's domain name onto the e-mail or having a misleading subject line.
"What we need is a federal anti-spam law, such as some countries such as Australia have," he said. "Spamming is illegal in Australia."
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The Miami Herald (Florida USA)
28 March 2004
Florida firms accused
in spam lawsuits
Internet service providers are stepping up their efforts to curb the flow of junk e-mails by going to court. Nine Florida companies alleged to be spam operations have been sued in the past month
The "Alabama spammers" used dozens of phone lines in the Birmingham area, but they never set foot in the state.
The spammers used those Alabama lines to send about 250 million e-mails that advertised adult dating services and herbal Viagra pills. The group of 16 -- three from Florida -- funneled their junk mail through more than 100 Earthlink accounts that were set up with stolen credit cards and bank accounts, alleges a federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta.
In Iowa, two dozen companies and individual spammers barraged an Internet service provider with millions of junk e-mails, shutting down the company's service several times. The spam gang that targeted CIS Internet Services included six companies based in Florida, a second federal lawsuit alleges in Iowa court papers.
Nine Florida-based companies and nine residents have seen their names added to lawsuits in the past month as major Internet service providers step up their efforts to eradicate spam, using the new CAN-Spam law that became effective in January. The plaintiffs are demanding court injunctions, asset freezes and monetary settlements.
A Miami company, Rockin Time Holdings, turned up in four lawsuits -- including the Alabama and Iowa cases.
It was run by Damon Decrescenzo, 28, considered the No. 2 spammer in the world, according to the Register of Known Spam Operations, or ROKSO. The list is maintained by The Spamhaus Project, a respected London-based anti-spam group.
"The more spam e-mail we get, the more we have to stay on top of the spammers' tactics," said America Online spokesman Nicholas Graham. "Every time you block one spammer, another one pops up. It's like a giant virtual game of whack-a-mole."
High Volume of Spam
Internet experts say about 200 spam operations, including some of the Alabama gang, account for about 90 percent of all junk e-mails that clog in-boxes every day. And spam accounts for about 50 percent of all the e-mails that circulate through the Internet. That is sharply higher than the 8 percent seen just two years ago.
Steve Linford, founder of The Spamhaus Project, estimates that a substantial spammer can send out 80 million e-mails a day and expect one sale per million e-mails, at $40 to $50 a sale.
Major Internet service providers such as Earthlink, AOL and Microsoft have gotten wise to spammers. Major spam operators just can't pop in an AOL disk and open an Internet account, because they are blacklisted by Spamhaus and other anti-spam groups. Nowadays, the most efficient way for a spammer to send out millions of junk e-mails is to hijack computers, usually by way of a virus that carries an embedded program that allows a spammer to control those computers from a remote location. These hijacked computers are referred to as "zombies."
That's how the Alabama spammers operated, but they funneled their e-mails through Earthlink accounts to further cover their tracks, the lawsuit alleges. Group members also used a sophisticated system of automatic dialing and log-on devices that allowed them to be hundreds of miles away and still access phone lines near Birmingham.
According to the lawsuit, the gang also set up several Earthlink accounts to "monitor" its own spam. Those accounts were included in the gang's spam mailing lists and were checked often to make sure that Earthlink wasn't filtering the junk e-mails.
"This was a very clever group, very clever at concealing their identities," said Paul Wellborn, an Atlanta attorney who worked with Earthlink to identify the Alabama spammers.
Decrescenzo did not return calls requesting comment on the lawsuits.
Also named in the Earthlink lawsuit are David Burstyn, based in Miami and Decrescenzo's partner in several operations, and another Floridian, Marc Milline, also known as Mark Valentino, of Orlando.
Burstyn could not be reached through a former attorney or by phone.
CIS in Iowa named the following Florida companies in its suit against spammers: Cash Link Systems in Miami, AmeriP.O.S. in Hallandale, OTB Products in Largo, JMC Internet Marketing in Miami, Debt Solutions in Boca Raton, and TEI Marketing in Palm Harbor.
Cash Link, AmeriP.O.S. and Debt Solutions could not be reached by telephone.
The Florida residents named in this suit were Decrescenzo, Bob Bresnahan of Fort Lauderdale, James McCalla of Miami, and Jerry Poole of Lake Worth.
America Online, also going to court, sued Connor Miller Software, a Winter Garden company, and the three people who run it, in an Orlando federal court. AOL alleged that the company worked with two Americans based in Thailand who sent millions of junk e-mails advertising low-rate mortgages.
Seth Berenzweig, the Arlington, Va., attorney who is representing Charles Henry Miller Jr. and Heidi Miller, two of the defendants and principals in Connor Miller, said his clients were just maintaining a computer network. "These people are technicians. To say they are co-conspirators just doesn't wash."
Spamming is Wild
Yet a series of Instant Messenger-type exchanges between the Millers, James Connor, the third principal in the Connor Miller firm, and Joseph Conrad, one of the two men AOL identified in a separate suit as sending spam out of Thailand, indicates their eagerness and some of their trepidation about their work. The communications were included as exhibits in the lawsuit.
In a 2002 exchange, verifying that their monthly payment would increase to $4,000 once the mailings started and the full network was up, Conrad wrote, "Spamming is wild and not for the faint of heart. But it is still legal. And remember we are only working as a contractor for him [referring to Jonathan Beyer, the other Thailand spammer identified and sued by AOL]. He is the one whose name is on it all."
Microsoft has gone after an Ocala company, JDO Media, in federal court in the state of Washington, claiming it has sent millions of e-mails since January that advertised a multilevel marketing program, instructing members on how to generate sales leads. Microsoft alleges that the e-mails contained false sender information and misleading subject lines, two practices banned by the new CAN-Spam law.
In the end, says Linford at The Spamhaus Project, lawsuits won't stop spam entirely.
Many of the larger spammers will start another operation as soon as a current one is shut down. And in a state like Florida, their personal assets, including a house, are shielded.
"We would need to have 10 to 15 major spammers arrested," Linford said, to dampen their interest in the business.
Reproduced from an article published by The Miami Herald
© 2004 The Miami Herald