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Email spammer in Florida sent to prison for four years

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February 20, 2017

A bulk email spammer who used stolen accounts to pocket more than a million dollars by sending thousands of unsollicited messages to users has been sent to federal prison for four years.

The spammer is 31-year old Timothy Livingston and he was handed the 4-year term after he pleaded guilty to several counts of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with computers and access devices, conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with electronic mail, and aggravated identity theft.

The sentence was handed out by Judge William Martini in the New Jersey District court where Livingston pled guilty to the charges.

Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Livingston ran and operated a marketing company called A Whole Lot of Nothing LLC, which specialized in sending out bulk emails for marketing customers.

"Livingston's clients included legitimate businesses such as insurance companies that wished to send bulk emails to advertise their businesses as well as illegal entities, such as online pharmacies that sold narcotics without prescriptions," the U.S. Department of Justice asserted.

What the clients didn't know was how Livingston was able to send out so many emails. The illegal marketer had an arsenal of compromised servers and botnet-controlled accounts that he used to help send out the bulk email spam runs without being identified or detected by spam filters.

He would then collect a commission every time one of his junk mail messages was converted to a sale.

Livingston's codefendant, Tomasz Chmielarz of New Jersey, also admitted writing the malware used to infect and control the botnets.

By the time Livingston was finally nabbed by the authorities, it's estimated that his spamming network was able to rack up around $1.35 million in illegal revenues.

He will then have to forfeit all of that money as part of his plea deal. This isn't the first email scam of this magnitude that has been detected, and it probably isn't the last.

Source: The U.S. Justice Department.

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