Detroit spammer expected to plead guilty

By Derek Sooman on January 15, 2006, 6:06 AM
A Detroit man named Daniel Lin is accused of sending millions of illegal spam emails from compromised computers, and is expected to plead guilty in a U.S. court session on Tuesday. He is accused of utilising hacked computers belonging to the Ford Motor Company, Amoco, Unisys, the U.S. Army Information Center and the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. Lin is likely to face a prison sentence of at least two years.

"Spammers clog the internet with unwanted messages, making life harder for everyone with an email address and peddling bogus goods to the unwary. They also don't balk at exploiting the computers of innocent people and companies to relay their unwanted spam onto other computer users," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Weight-loss products are just one of many goods plugged by spammers, but many computer users faced by the growing tide of spam will probably like to see spammers go on a diet of bread-and-water."




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zachig said:
I think this is great news. Spamming is a serious crime and should be dealt that way. Spammers should be aware of the risk they're taking when spamming and should sit in jail even more than two years, like this guy.
Vaerilis said:
Two years in prison seems to be a fair punishment for hacking (or hijacking) government computers to send tons of spam. What was he expecting? To go unnoticed?Quote for the article: "According to records produced by the authorities, the gang of four men generated more than $100,000"That's not the kind of money worth sitting in jail for years for. I think he was only a relatively small-time scammer, the major ones can earn a million or more before getting caught or disappearing.
fury said:
******* before spamming: oAfter meeting Bubba in the federal pound me in the ass prison: O:DEnjoy, spammers...hope you got an herbal remedy for that one!
otmakus said:
I have the feeling that the man was punished more because he hacked to those companies' computers, not because of all the spams he sent. There are lots of genuine companies sending spams in much larger scales than this man, and they're practically untouchable.btw, fury, although I can understand ur feeling, I still think that's not a nice thing to say here in Techspot. Remember there are young people in their early teen visiting this site regularly.
bbdude said:
Hah! Serves him right. Down with spammers! :D
kangaruffian said:
no sympathy to spammers here either nor virus/worm code writers.. lock em all up
exscind said:
Great news indeed. Articles like this should be highly publicized on the net as a poster child for all current and future spammers. It will be a good "this is what happens if you get caught" slogan.And yes, otmakus, I agree with you. The crime for spam itself is probably not so severe. The main reason for the 2 years in jail is because he hacked into high corporate companies as well as the U.S. Army and U.S. Courts. There is no doubt the aformentioned groups urged for a punishment that is no less than jail time. Nevertheless, this still serves as a good warning and hopefully spammers will wise up and stop their illicit activities.
Cy6erpuke said:
This is fantastic. Hope everyone sees this. They should take his access to PC's away for life. All Anti-virus companies are now forced to create plugins to outlook, and I have to teach my clients to use them. Once again, so much money made out of so much mischief ;>
MonkeyMan said:
Well, I do not understand what kind of enjoyment a person would receive out of causing this much mischief. 2 years in prison is justifiable, but I also think that an additional punishment should be included. After his 2 year sentence, I think he should be banned from purchasing any computer software, let alone a PC itself. This would eliminate the possibility of him attempting to do this again, in case he hasn't learned his lesson.
WIPp said:
I'm glad they are finally catching up and dealing with this problem. However users have to take some responsibilty for dealing with this problem too and not just rely on ISP's to babysit them. Too many users sign up for things online willy nilly without reading rules, privacy policies or unchecking boxes agreeing to be contacted and then whine and moan about junk advertising. The biggest problem I see with having the ISP's integrate pop up blockers and email filters is that it cuts off the small amount of revenue that keeps a lot of the small, but really good sites live and most users don't bother to make exceptions even for the sites they use a lot. Sure go ahead and slap the ****** who infect machines to pump out their spam,and do DOS attacks, slap the ones who crawl the net stealing email addresses from websites and forums and specially the ****** who randomly generate email addresses from hosts like hotmail etc. Maybe then people won't miss so much Non spam that is automatically thrown into junk folders and they never see because they trust their email providers to get it right.. but most of all take responsibility for your own security. Business or home users need to know what's happening on their own machines. Way too many network admins are getting caught with their pants down and not even noticing or bothering to fix the problems when you tell them... and ISP's won't do squat even when you report that one of their users is infected and continually attacking your home network because they are infected.ISP's and hosting companies need to start taking users offline when they are informed and confirm a user account is infected and refusing to reconnect them till they clean up.As for this guy, I doubt this will stop most of them, they never think THEY will get caught... but one can hope :)
gamingmage said:
Down with spammers. These darn people trying to annoy others. Hopefully this sets an example to all the spammers everywhere.
cyrax said:
Another one bites the dust. Let the others beware, the net is not a spammer paradise.
rahuls said:
The punishment can be made more strict for these offenders
champmanfan said:
In the UK, a man called Nigel Roberts from the Channel Islands won a landmark victory by claiming damages of 270 plus 30 court costs. Does the USA have legisation in place to fine spammers who hassle us, the ordinary citizen?I think that fines (unless they are in the hundreds of thousands) are no deterrent and should be sent to prison. They cost business' a fortune and waste valuable time.
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]"Spammers clog the internet with unwanted messages, making life harder for everyone with an email address and peddling bogus goods to the unwary. They also don't balk at exploiting the computers of innocent people and companies to relay their unwanted spam onto other computer users," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Weight-loss products are just one of many goods plugged by spammers, but many computer users faced by the growing tide of spam will probably like to see spammers go on a diet of bread-and-water."[/quote]Oh come on, not all spam is bad. ok so whatever, yeah i hate spam, and i think i like how he put that. Of course, i think i would change "innocent" to "ignorant"...
mentaljedi said:
wow. they actually got one this time and he wasn't innocent! wow! This is amazing! Off to jail he goes!
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