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* Shane Atkinson

Shane Atkinson, of Christchurch, New Zealand was a major spammer whose details were leaked on to the Internet soon after an article was written about him in the New Zealand Herald.[1] After he was exposed as a spammer in 2003, Shane Atkinson found himself at the receiving end of a barrage of public outrage and proclaimed that he would give up spamming.[2]

Atkinson was tracked down by anti-spam collaborators on the Usenet news.net-admin newsgroups. Before being identified, Atkinson's operation would send up to 100 million messages on a "good day,"[3] advertising for penis-enlargement pills. The actual spamming was done by a 15 year-old boy in the United States, who earned $500.00 a day doing so. His web sites were hosted on Polish and Pakistani network providers, who typically ignore complaints.

His brother Lance has also become well-known and was ordered to pay $2 million to the US authorities for his spamming operations in March 2005.[4]

An investigation by the BBC broadcast in December 2007 and January 2008 found Atkinson was still active in spamming. Atkinson’s ISP (Internet Service Provider) was contacted and explained that he was not sending it from his own account but hiding behind a number of other slave or zombie computers, making identification difficult. Simon Cox of the BBC phoned Shane Armstrong in late 2007 and after confirming his identity told him that there were serious allegations about him. He denied them[5]. His reply was

"Well, it wasn’t me, mate. We have closed all that down years ago." [4]

Cox put it to him that he was still controlling a network of computers and that he had been sending out spam.

Armstrong replied

"Well I am not controlling any computers, mate. I’m not interested in talking to you, bye."[4]

Following on Cox’s investigation, New Zealand police at the end of 2007 raided four properties in Christchurch and seized 22 computers They interviewed two men about illegal spamming and their enquires were in January 2008 reported to be still continuing. [4]

[edit] References

1. ^ "Spammers hit below men's belts" The New Zealand Herald, August 15, 2003
2. ^ "NZ connection in US spam prosecution" The New Zealand Herald, August 15, 2003
3. ^ "Spammers hit below men's belts" The New Zealand Herald, May 4, 2003
4. ^ a b c d BBC World Service On the Trail of the Spammers 17 January 2008
5. ^ How to track down spammers, Public Radio International, December 18, 2007

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* Howard Carmack
* Richard Colbert

D

* Edward Davidson
* Defamation action league

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* Brian Haberstroh

H cont.

* Davis Wolfgang Hawke

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* JDO Media
* Jeremy Jaynes

K

* Vardan Kushnir

L

* Leo Kuvayev

M

* Wayne Mansfield

R

* Alan Ralsky

R cont.

* Scott Richter

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* Christopher William Smith
* Robert Soloway
* Speedyclick.com

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* Robby Todino

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* Sanford Wallace
* Billy Williams (spammer)

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