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Software Creator Admits to Aiding & Abetting Spam

A software developer from Virginia (USA) has admitted that he built and sold computer software that helped dispatch mass commercial e-mails, a breach to the US CAN-SPAM Act, said the US DOJ (Department of Justice).

49-year-old David S. Patton from Centreville, Virginia, pleaded guilty on July 7, 2009. He acknowledged that he helped and supported breach of CAN-SPAM Act that spammers Scott Bradley and Alan Ralsky committed from West Bloomfield, Michigan along with other cyber miscreants, the DOJ stated.

Consequently, Patton is sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of 6 years, to pay a fine amounting US$3,000, and to recompense US$50,100 following the sale proceeds of his program, as per the plea settlement obtained between him and Court. Patton admitted his crime in the US District Court of East Michigan.

Under his plea settlement, Patton agreed playing a role in developing and selling harmful software. He also admitted that he was aware of other defendants who utilized his software to send bulk spam e-mails while hiding their actual source to elude filters.

Patton is defendant No.12 who is blamed for being involved in the spam campaign that Ralsky operated during January 2004-September 2005.

During June 2009, Ralsky along with four more individuals admitted of their involvement in a pump-and-dump spam scam incident which raised the value of Chinese 'penny' stocks. The junk messages deceptively stated that the share prices were likely to rise, so that users could be lured towards investing. Before that, the gang bought all the shares when their values were considerably low and subsequently dumped them when they reached their artificial high value.

Bradley, Ralsky and six more accused have acknowledged of violating the CAN-SPAM Act and of committing separate offenses. Ralsky is punished for seven years of imprisonment because he connived towards committing e-mail and wire frauds and towards breaching the CAN-SPAM Act.

The Act, which the US Congress passed in 2003, bars dispatching commercial e-mails that use misguided sender addresses and similar headers, as well as requires unsolicited messages to include the senders' physical address and mechanisms for opting out.

Related article: Software Giant Microsoft Becoming More Spam Affectionate

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