Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Man Admits Sending Millions of Spam e-Mails That Offered to Steal Passwords

Via The Sydney Morning Herald.

A man who flooded e-mail systems with millions of messages advertising software that could steal passwords pleaded guilty to violating a federal anti-spam law.

Joshua Eveloff, 27, of Carter Lake, Iowa, admitted Wednesday that he faked information on the e-mails to conceal that they came from him.

The messages, which promised to "steal anyone's password" and "read your FBI file," were sent to millions of people over three months in 2004. The FBI began investigating after a Florida company reported that its computers had been used to transmit at least 1.5 million e-mails in six hours.

Prosecutors said the case was only the nation's third to be brought under federal legislation banning unsolicited e-mails.

Eveloff could face up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced in April.

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