SPAM LAW TESTED
Two North Carolina men are the first people charged under Virginia’s anti-spam law, authorities said Thursday.
Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, N.C., and Richard Rutowski, of Cary, N.C., each face four felony counts of using fraudulent means to transmit unsolicited bulk e-mail, according to Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore.
Using the alias “Gaven Stubberfield,” Jaynes allegedly sent hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails. He is listed as eighth on registry of known spam operations as identified by Spamhaus-dot-org, a database of known spammers.
The two allegedly sent e-mails promoting investment schemes, computer software and other products. Both men are expected to be extradited to face charges in Loudoun County, Va., because many of the e-mail servers which handled the spam messages are located there.
The Spamhaus listing for Stubberfield describes him as being part of a “non-stop group of porn spammers with T1 access. Multiple machines pumping scam and porn spam around the clock. Notorious for his ‘horsey porn’ spam.”
Well, one thing’s for sure: They can’t claim the 1st Amendment on this one, since it was repealed yesterday.