Spammer starts Internet company after $1 Million fine

By Justin Mann on June 5, 2006, 10:52 AM
After being forced to pay out to the tune of $1 Million in a settlement with Microsoft and the state of Texas, spam-king Ryan Pitylak has had a change of attitude that results in him using his pseudo-celebrity status to start an Internet security company. He's also become an “anti-spam activist”, a complete turnaround from someone who was one of the biggest spammers in the world. Anyone who can be fined $1 Million and call it just a “serious reality check” probably isn't worried about money, so apparently spam paid big. Despite the stigma surrounding being a spammer, his new venture will focus on showing clients how to protect against spam. Would the industry trust him? As much as we hate spammers, the answer is probably yes, in the same sense that companies often hire hackers on the outside to probe their networks. At the very least, one of the biggest spammers was taken down.

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