Inside the Big Business of Spam Botnets

Spam emails are usually so crude that it might seem impossible that spammers make money from them, but the sheer volume of messages sent every day makes spamming a profitable industry - most emails sent worldwide are spam. » 3/28/11 8:40pm 3/28/11 8:40pm

Meet the Guy Who Quit His Job to Sue Spammers

Daniel Balsam used to be a marketer. Then he found something he wanted to do more: Sue spammers for a living. So he quit his job and went to law school—and he's made $1 million doing it. » 12/27/10 8:20am 12/27/10 8:20am

Cloud Computing Makes It Easier For Criminals To Get Busted

The great thing about cloud computing is that no matter where you are, your files are just there. It turns out they're just there for law enforcement, too, as two Google Docs-using spammers recently found out. » 4/17/10 9:09am 4/17/10 9:09am

Godfather of Spam Sentenced to Four Years in Jail

A Detroit judge sentenced Alan Ralsky, a spam mastermind who headed an elaborate international organization, to 51 months in prison. Ralsky was convicted of wire fraud, mail fraud and violation of the CAN-SPAM act for his schemes. » 11/24/09 2:46pm 11/24/09 2:46pm

Convicted Spammer Escapes Prison, Murders Family, Kills Himself

Well, this is terrible. Edward Davidson, the "Spam King" who was sentenced to 21 months in jail and ordered to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS for spamming and tax evasion, escaped from prison with the aid of his wife only to then turn a gun on her, his 3-year old daughter, a teenage girl and finally himself. » 7/25/08 10:38am 7/25/08 10:38am

IBM Says Storm Worm Creators Making Millions, Daily

The cunning masterminds behind the Storm worm are apparently rolling in great wealth. The boffins at IBM estimate the worm is netting just under $2 million per day for its creators. The Storm worm's financial success comes from the fact that it has successfully created a massive collection of autonomously running… » 2/10/08 8:20pm 2/10/08 8:20pm