Buffalo Spammer Sentenced

This week, Judge Michael D'Amico of Erie County, New York, sentenced Howard Carmack, the so-called Buffalo Spammer, to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison after a jury convicted Carmack of illegally sending more than 850 million junk email messages through ISP accounts he opened by using stolen identities. "I obviously regret this whole involvement," Carmack said, although astonishingly he admitted no wrongdoing and said his crime was victimless. "I don't see any victims," he said. Judge D'Amico disagreed. "I'm having a heck of a time figuring out why you think everybody is unfair to you," he said as he dropped the maximum possible sentence on the recalcitrant spammer. "You think it's OK to take somebody's identity and use it for whatever purpose you want. You caused a great deal of harm to a lot of people." According to Earthlink, Carmack created almost 350 email accounts by using stolen identities, then used those accounts to send out mountains of spam. Separately, Earthlink has already won a $16.4 million civil judgment against the spammer, who--in my opinion--can't be put on ice long enough.

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