Spamming just doesn’t pay…

In yesterday’s news, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled against Jeremy Jaynes and upheld his conviction on sending mass distributions of unsolicited e-mails through American Online’s (or AOL) system. It is definitely a victory for all users of e-mails and is a benchmark as Mr. Jaynes becomes the first spammer convicted under the nation’s anti-spamming law.

Considered one of the top 10 spammers in the world, Jaynes will be jailed to begin his nine-year sentence in Virginia. Through his exploits, he has amassed $750,000 in tricking individuals to click on his spam mail. While he was enjoying his freedom before he was caught, he was sending out 10 MILLION e-mails a day and after hearing Jaynes’ appeal was denied, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell was quoted as saying:

“Spam costs Virginia citizens and businesses thousands of dollars every year in lost time and resources,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Online fraud is a costly and serious crime.”

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By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the stories of the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently the Technology Editor at Flipboard, where he observes what's happening in the space while also identifying new topics of interest. In addition, he co-hosts the weekly internet show "The Created Economy," which focuses on what's happening to creators and influencers. Previously, he was a reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding. Ken also has a newsletter you should also subscribe to called "Filed."