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December 12, 2003

Tracking the Pink Meat

Authorities have arrested the one of the world's most prolific spammers, local NC boy Jeremy Jaynes.

Fine figger of a man, ain't he? He's a larger pic. Here's (WARNING! Incredibly not safe for work!) another, illustrating what the anti-spam crowd thinks of him.

There must be something about living in N.C. that brings out the spammer in people. One of the most prolific spammers on that list, David Smith, worked for the same vacuum cleaner company as I did for a time, supplementing his income by hawking a pamphlet called "Secrets of Closing the Sale" via spam runs. He quickly became one of the bigger spammers on the web, and was sued in 1997 by a Michigan company after using their servers to mail out porn spam.

The mutual fund and investment company received hundreds of complaints from recipients of the mail, contending that children could have seen the invitations from Erin, Amy and Jeannie, who were willing to dance naked in cyberspace when a visitor went to the site on the World Wide Web.

Strong sent the messages through its server before it realized outside hackers, one in North Carolina and the other in Texas, were allegedly using a fake e-mail address,, to send the mail.

I've got a call into Strong about the verdict in the case--there's nothing about it on the web. Smith is now CEO of the Roanoke Technology Corporation, an umbrella company for three other ventures.

Top-10 Promotions, Inc., a Web site promotion business that obtains search engine placements for clients' web sites; RFQHosting, which provides an online procurement system to small to medium businesses allowing buyers to place their suppliers in a competitive bidding system; and RTCHosting for customers to build their own Web sites.

You can buy stock in him for 0.0073 a share, at the moment.* I wasn't positive this was the same David Smith, until I tied Top 10 Promotions to some 1998 spam runs via a couple of posts on Google Groups. Top 10 was still listed as a spamhaus as late as 2002, so it's doubtful he's changed his spots much, though I can't find any evidence that he is still spamming.

Cherrypicker – Cherrypicker is a powerful robot that allows users to gather valuable marketing information about other web sites. Using the Internet’s top search engines and it’s proprietary harvesting technology, Cherrypicker gathers such marketing information as URL, email address, postal address, and phone number listed on company web sites.

Cherrypicker Pro – Cherrypicker Pro is a robot that harvests e-mail addresses from Usenet Newsgroups and allows the creation of targeted email lists through keyword searches. These targeted email lists in combination with following proper guidelines for sending unsolicited email can result in the location of new customers or link partners.

Cherrypicker is still available, still has David's name attached to it. Note that this is not David Smith, creator of the Melissa virus, but a different one.

Maybe it's the name.

*0.0073? Seventy-three hundredths of a cent per share?

Posted by Bigwig at December 12, 2003 12:51 PM | TrackBack
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No, 73 hundredths of a cent would be .73.

I thought you were the math guy. Look. I'm the one with the B.A. in English, and I still remember:

.1 = 1 tenth
.01 = 1 hundredth
.001 = 1 thousandth
.0001 = 1 ten-thousandth.

Got it? Good.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at December 12, 2003 11:17 PM
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