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Porn spammers given five years in prison

US porn-peddlers convicted under Can-Spam Act

Two porn spammers have been sentenced to more than five years in prison for their part in sending millions of pornographic emails, marking the conclusion of the first major case under the 2003 federal Can-Spam antispam law in the US.

Jeffrey Kilbride, 41, of California, and James Schaffer, 41, of Arizona, were convicted in June by a federal jury in Phoenix on eight counts that included violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, which bans the use of falsified email headers and the spoofing of domain names. Their case was the first to include CAN-SPAM charges.

On Friday, US District Judge David Campbell sentenced Kilbride to 72 months in federal prison, and Schaffer to 63 months.

According to prosecutors, the two men, along with three co-conspirators, sent millions of unsolicited messages advertising hard-core pornographic websites that included pornographic images visible to anyone who simply opened the message. In late 2003, after the CAN-SPAM Act was passed, Kilbride and Schaffer tried to mask their US-based operation by routing traffic through Dutch servers and spoofing the domain posing in the From: field of outbound messages.

In just over a year, the two made more than $1m in commissions from the websites they hawked.

Campbell also fined the pair $100,000 each, ordered them to pay $77,500 in restitution to AOL and required them to forfeit the $1.1m in ill-gotten gains.


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