'Spam King' released from prison, now living in Seattle

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

SEATTLE -- After nearly four years in prison, the man dubbed the "Spam King" by federal prosecutors, is allowed back online.

Robert Soloway, who has admitted sending more than 10 trillion spam e-mails in his career, was released last Saturday from the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, reports Wired.com.

Gone are the fancy cars, extravagant trips and $20,000-a-day spamming proceeds. He now lives in a Seattle studio apartment and works in a print shop for $10 an hour.

He told Wired his spamming days are over.

“If I send out spam e-mails, that’s a violation of my probation. End of story,” he said. “I’m being very careful. If I send out an e-mail, I’m not even going probably to CC it. I’ll send a unique e-mail to each person.”

As part of his plea deal, probation officers will monitor every e-mail Soloway sends and every webpage he visits for the next three years.

Soloway says he now wants to teach consumers and businesses how to avoid the evils of spamming.

“I would like to assist in some way by basically revealing what went on inside the cybercrime industry,” he said. “I don’t expect anyone to trust anything I say until they see me making good."
 

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