New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty in E-mail Spam Campaign
Beth Phillips, the US attorney for the Western District of Missouri, a New Jersey man pleaded guilty on July 13, 2010 in the federal court for his involvement in a worldwide mail spamming case connected with two Missouri brothers, as per the reports by MISSOURIAN on July 14, 2010.
The Shah Brothers are blamed for sending millions of spam mails through the computer network of MU (Missouri University). Paul Zucker, 57, of Wayne, New Jersey, accepted that he had assisted MU graduates Amir Shah and Osmaan Shah to develop programs to unlawfully access student mail addresses from several colleges and universities between January 2004 and April 2009. These mail addresses were allegedly used by them to send spam and sell products and services.
Zucker admitted that he provided proxies, servers that enable indirect network connections to systems, to conceal the original source of a mail. Further, he admitted of providing bulk mail software, which falsified mail components for sending spam mails.
The officials informed that the huge amount of spam damaged MU computer networks and its users.
The reports state that Zucker could face imprisonment of almost five years in a federal prison without parole along with a fine of nearly $250,000 under federal statues.
Osmaan Shah is also accused of using MU equipment to send spam mails. He reportedly informed his brother through Internet chats in 2003 that he had discovered a method to send bulk mails through the MU system and bragged about accessing the school's complete bandwidth.
The Court records reveal that the Shah Brothers earned nearly $4 Million by selling products like trips, cameras and teeth whiteners, under façade, as per the news by COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE on July 14, 2010.
They were charged on 51 counts of deception and conspiracy. If the brothers would be found guilty on all the counts, the brothers would have to withdraw their possessions and profits which include a four-bedroom home in Colombia valued at $193,800.
The US attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Matt J. Whitworth, stated that the MU had worked closely with their office throughout this investigation, as per the reports by MISSOURIAN on July 14, 2010.
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