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I’ve been wallowing in schadenfreude all day, thanks to a news item from Seattle.

Having pleased guilty last March to fraud and tax evasion charges, Robert Alan Solway was sentenced to 47 months in prison after pleading guilty in a Seattle court on Tuesday.

‘Robert Alan who?’ I can hear you ask.

Robert Soloway was known to some as the ‘spam king’ for the massive volume of unsolicited emails he sent out.

In 2003, when he was sued by Microsoft, Solway was estimated to be the third most prolific spammer in the world.

Prosecutors said he made hundreds of thousands of dollars, sending out one million emails a day over a 90 day period, using ‘botnets’ of zombie computers he controlled.

Unfortunately, not all the news is so good for those of you who would like to see less junk email every time you log on.

Edward Davidson walked out of a minimum security prison earlier this week.

Federal authorities are still looking for Davidson, who was last seen about 90 miles north of the prison near Denver.

He made at least $3.5 million sending thousands of spamming emails, before pleading guilty in April and receiving a 21 month sentence.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.