Convicted spammer receives nine year sentence

By Derek Sooman on
Well all you spammers out there, just let this be a lesson to you. You might think you can run, but you can't hide. You will be found out. You will go to jail, whether you pass go or not. As was so aptly put, it's the slammer for a spammer.

The first person convicted on felony charges for sending junk e-mail has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

A jury had recommended the nine-year prison term after convicting Jaynes of pumping out at least 10 million e-mails a day using 16 high-speed lines.

Under Virginia law, sending unsolicited bulk e-mail is a crime if the sender hides his identity.

A Virginia judge has suspended the sentence of the spammer (Jeremy Jaynes) pending appeal. The law concerning this sort of thing is very new, and is therefore pretty open to debate. It does seem clear, though, that whatever happens to this person, spamming is starting to get stamped out in some ways. Letís hope this is the beginning of a trend.

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