Spammer in the Slammer: Jeremy Jaynes Sentenced to Nine YearsWritten by Paul Judge, CTO, CipherTrust, Inc.
Will other spammers take heed? Donít count on it. Jeremy Jaynes was on top of world. By age 28, he owned a million-dollar home, a high-class restaurant, a chain of gyms and countless other toys. Yet those were only spoils of his main line of business, which was swindling innocent people out of their money through email scams. From an unassuming house serving as his companyís headquarters in Raleigh, NC, Jaynes sent an estimated ten million messages a day pitching products most recipients didn't want, amassing an estimated $24 million fortune in process. Using aliases such as Jeremy James and Gaven Stubberfield, Jaynes spammed his way up to #8 position on Spamhausí Register Of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO) and grossed as much as $750,000 a month, allowing him to live like a king.
However, Jaynes ran head-on into an information superhighway road block when a Virginia judge sentenced him to nine years in prison for his November 2004 conviction on felony charges of using false IP addresses to send mass email advertisements (some just call it spamming). The conviction was a landmark decision, as Jaynes became first person in United States convicted of felony spam charges. Though his operation was based in North Carolina, Jaynes was tried in Virginia because it is home to a large number of routers that control much of North America's Internet traffic (itís also home of AOL and a government building or two).
He shouldíve Used Privacy Software During trial, prosecutors focused on three of Jaynesí most egregious scams: software that promised to protect users' private information; a service for choosing penny stocks to invest in; and a work-from-home "FedEx refund processor" opportunity that promised $75-an-hour work but did little more than give buyers access to a website of delinquent FedEx accounts. Sound familiar? Anyone with an e-mail address has received countless messages originating from Jaynesí operation. (If youíre still waiting on your privacy software to show up, itís probably safe to stop checking mailbox.)
Jaynes got lists of millions of email addresses through a stolen database of America Online customers. He also illegally obtained e-mail addresses of eBay users. While prosecutors still don't know how Jaynes got access to lists, Associated Press reported that AOL names matched a list of 92 million addresses that an AOL software engineer has been charged with stealing.
MicroWorld releases new version of MailScan Ver. 4.5 - the antivirus and content security software for mail servers.Written by MicroWorld Technologies Inc.
Michigan - May 20, 2005 - MicroWorld Technologies, Inc. leading solutions provider in area of Anti-virus and Content security, has announced launch of its new version of MailScan Ver. 4.5, antivirus and content security software for mail servers.
The new version of MailScan provides additional security features to allow users to monitor TCP connections on their systems, and use enhanced Anti-SPAM control to fight SPAM.
The new security feature interface displays all active TCP connections to your computer. It lists information about processes, protocols, local addresses, remote addresses and Process Status on computer. It allows you to identify any unauthorized access to your mail server and take effective counter measures to safeguard your system.
MailScan 4.5 provides user with real time access to Relay Blackhole List at for IPs of known Spammers. The site maintains active real-time Blackhole list that you can use to verify if any IP that connects to your MailServer is listed as that of a known Spammer, and take appropriate action.