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First Arrest Made in U.S. For Spimming

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the it's-like-spam-but-edible dept.

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prostoalex writes "U.S. federal authorities have conducted the first arrest for spimming. Eighteen-year-old Anthony Greco was arrested for sending spam to instant messenger users of MySpace.com." From the article: "Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if MySpace.com didn't sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service."

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I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (-1, Offtopic)

Tassach (137772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747463)

but come on now, how frelling hard is it to spell "spamming"?

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (2, Informative)

Impeesa (763920) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747482)

Spim = instant messaging spam, for those that don't know.

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (2, Informative)

glitch0 (859137) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747500)

Its not spelled wrong, spimming is the act of spamming through instant messages.

No Mistake (1)

hether (101201) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747501)

First line of the article:

A U.S teenager has become the first person to be arrested on suspicion of sending unsolicited instant messages--or spim.

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (2, Funny)

TrappedByMyself (861094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747507)

but come on now, how frelling hard is it to spell "spamming"?

And the same people complain about bugs in millions of lines of code.

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747519)

spam == email
spim == instant message

rise and shine there Mr. van Winkle

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747640)

Nope.

Spam is simply unsolicited correspondence. In any form. Medium isn't a factor.

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (2, Informative)

killawatt5k (846409) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747545)

actually Spim appears to be SPam on IM. I just recently started getting spam on Myspace. I'm not to happy about that.

Re:I'm not normally a spelling Nazi... (5, Funny)

NarrMaster (760073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747680)

but come on now, how frelling hard is it to spell "spamming"?

How fucking hard is it to spell "fucking"?

I'm not normally a reading Nazi... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747804)

But how fucking hard is it to read the FUCKING SUMMARY? I know people are busy busy busy watching their two TiVos (and such quality programming too), but really...

You mean to tell me (4, Funny)

booyah (28487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747476)

Sexybaby2592871 wasnt really the chick on that website she sent me to?

You mean i gave my email address, password and credit card to some stranger? What type of place is this Intra-web and what type of a mess have I gotten myself into.

Re:You mean to tell me (5, Funny)

Hellasboy (120979) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747591)

"A Moose wants my social security number? Sounds fair to me." -Simpsons 2005.02.20 (finally a good one)

Arrested for spimming or extortion? (5, Interesting)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747480)

"Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if MySpace.com didn't sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service."

So, the spimmer isn't really under arrest for spimming, but for extortion. Right?

Re:Arrested for spimming or extortion? (1)

Gadgetfreak (97865) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747597)

Seems that way. But it also seems that since he was arrested for it, he's probably going to publish his spimming methods for everyone else to copycat, just for retaliation.
He's not bright, but hopefully people who aren't quite as dumb won't pick up where he left off.

Re:Arrested for spimming or extortion? (1)

strelitsa (724743) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747700)

Fine. Then add 24 hours to his sentence for every spim that can be attributed to the methods he discloses. Even assholes have the right of free speech, but assholery hiding behind free speech should have consequences.

Re:Arrested for spimming or extortion? (1)

bStrom (806850) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747886)

How many out there would then use his method and laugh? I know I would! He would rack up a life sentence in no time.

Re:Arrested for spimming or extortion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747730)

since he was arrested for it, he's probably going to publish his spimming methods for everyone else to copycat, just for retaliation.

Yeah, that will look good in sentencing. This guy doesn't seem too bright though; he just might do it.

correct.... (2, Interesting)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747600)

I'd go one further though and call it blackmail. Which is one particular type of extortion, but I think its applicable in this case.

From lawguru.com:
---
EXTORTION n. obtaining money or property by threat to a victim's property or loved ones, intimidation, or false claim of a right (such as pretending to be an IRS agent). It is a felony in all states, except that a direct threat to harm the victim is usually treated as the crime of robbery. Blackmail is a form of extortion in which the threat is to expose embarrassing, damaging information to family, friends or the public.

BLACKMAIL n. the crime of threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgraceful or damaging facts (or rumors) about a person to the public, family, spouse or associates unless paid off to not carry out the threat. It is one form of extortion (which may include other threats such as physical harm or damage to property).

Re:correct.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747757)

I have no legal training whatsoever, but I don't think blackmail applies here. Teaching people how to spam doesn't seem to me to be equivalent with revealing "embarrassing, disgraceful or damaging facts." If he had information saying, for instance, that one of the company's top executives had extensive dealings with a male prostitute [mediamatters.org] and threatened to release that information, that would be blackmail. As it is, I think it's just extortion, since the technique used seems much more like "intimidation" to me.

Anyone who actually knows what they're talking about want to set the record straight?

Re:Arrested for spimming or extortion? (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747746)

You know that, and I know that. But this is Slashdot, everything must be made out to be technology blazing some new legal ground...

...or a repeat.

Hmmmm...Blackmail... (4, Insightful)

thewiz (24994) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747491)

Yeah, that's the ticket! Blackmail a company into making what I'm doing legit! Since I know they won't do the legal way I'll force them into it using blackmail!

What logic! What stupidity! What a maroon!

Re:Hmmmm...Blackmail... (1)

marika (572224) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747544)

What do you expect from a guy who sends spam through instant messenging? He thought he was a brilliant mastermind of a new medium.

Re:Hmmmm...Blackmail... (1)

bavander (316929) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747751)

I would argue he is a moron, rather than:

n.

1. often Maroon
1. A fugitive Black slave in the West Indies in the 17th and 18th centuries.
2. A descendant of such a slave.
2. A person who is marooned, as on an island.

Of course, I don't really know.

Re:Hmmmm...Blackmail... (4, Funny)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747761)

What logic! What stupidity! What a maroon!

Yeah, you'd have to be stupid to be a maroon. Either that or mix red and purple and splash it on him.

Gah. "Spimming"? (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747498)

...do we really need to go mashing old new words into new new words for every little 'Net-related derivation out there?

It's stupidiotic, and it's getting irritannoying.

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (1)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747557)

Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spim; egg bacon and spim; egg bacon sausage and spim; spim bacon sausage and spim; spim egg spim spim bacon and spim; spim sausage spim spim bacon spim tomato and spim; or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate brandy and with a fried egg on top and spim.

And what's more, it doesn't sound as funny.

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (3, Funny)

zerosignal (222614) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747584)

Just wait 'til you get 'spom' on your mobile phone.

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (4, Funny)

Ooblek (544753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747733)

Wow, and I hope they don't figure out how to access those appliances with Wi-Fi connections that are now available.

Spam on the refrigerator screen - Spood.
Spam on the toaster - Spoast.
Spam on the ice cream maker - Spooge.

Spooge?!? Now the pr0n industry has come full circle....

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747625)

I couldn't agree more. I'm getting really tired of seeing new words inventented on the internets each time a slightly different idea is thought up. It is like everybody wants to coin a new phrase these days.

Between work and home, I probably use my computer more than the vast majority of the earth's population. When I haven't even heard of half of these words, something's wrong.

Heck, my mother has only recently mastered the concept of the computer not being the "screen" (monitor).

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (1)

AnswerIs42 (622520) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747659)

It's stupidiotic, and it's getting irritannoying.

Spimming is wrong. And bad. There should be a new, stronger word for spimming. Like badwrong, or badong. Yes, spimming is badong. From this moment, I will stand for the opposite of spimming: gnodab.

-- Kung Pow.. with liberties added :)

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747805)

Spimming is wrong. And bad. There should be a new, stronger word for spimming. Like badwrong, or badong.

I think the word you're looking for is strongbad [homestarrunner.com].

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747684)

Its an apex to the paradigm of the modern Interconected edgy marketing soloutions,
Spimming i an opus paradox for the meta problem of the internet super highway...

Honestly it isn' as bad as marketing speak, but its getting close

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (0)

Azghoul (25786) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747820)

Thank you, AC in Paris, I rally to the cause with you!

Too bad they modded you Funny, I thought it was rather insightful.

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747853)

All the new words are perfectly cromulent.

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747857)

...do we really need to go mashing old new words into new new words for every little 'Net-related derivation out there? It's stupidiotic, and it's getting irritannoying.

I have to look closely to see that it's not 'Spinning', what with these fonts and all.

spinning? someone was arrested for spinning? probably that rumplestilkskin guy, straw-into-gold and interfering with some hegemony.

I don't think the term 'Spim' is going to stick, it just doesn't have POW. Spam - now there's a forceful word, rhymes with Blam!

Re:Gah. "Spimming"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747907)

Hmmm...I disagree. It isn't a technical derivation, it is pretty different.

And, it is a lot better than having to read "Spam sent via IM." Just makes sense since there is this new activity to give it a name.

No one complained about "sprint." I mean, come on, do we really need ANOTHER devaiation of "running for a shorter distance at generally faster speeds"?

The real question (3, Interesting)

SlayerofGods (682938) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747512)

Is would anything have been done if he hadn't attempted to blackmail the company. I personally doubt it.

*cough*RTFS*cough* (1)

regress (825814) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747514)

If you'd read through the first few sentences you'd have realized that he was _trying_ to create a new buzzword.

jeez, let the man work. . .

too funny (2, Funny)

w1r3sp33d (593084) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747516)

Yes sir, we would love to sign the contract. Please give us your birth name and the address of where you would like us to send the agents, oh did I say agents, I meant contract....

Which incidents like this *aren't* in the news? (1)

Takeel (155086) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747524)

Personally, I'm more concerned with incidents like this that may not be appearing in news articles. I guess this could be "where there's smoke, there's fire"-style panic.

Is anyone familliar with similar incidents?

This bitch is going to be tossing salad (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747526)

Getting convicted of a crime with such a gay name ain't going to earn him any points on the yard.

Re:This bitch is going to be tossing salad (1)

mrnobo1024 (464702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747629)

Not likely. This happened in the US - he'll probably just end up with a fine. "White-collar" criminals always get off easy.

Extortion is the biggie, not spimming (4, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747527)

I'm betting the CAN-SPAM violation was thrown in for good measure. From another article on this: Anthony Greco, 18, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., was charged with violating the CAN-SPAM Act, threatening to cause damage to computers with the intent to extort and causing damage to a protected computer. If convicted of all three offenses, Greco faces a maximum possible penalty of 18 years in federal prison.

sample message (3, Funny)

kevinx (790831) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747531)

sample spam message:

To learn the secrets of how to spam like I am spamming you right now.
Please send $25 to AnthonyGreco@myspace.com

PS, if you do not send $25 dollars within the next 3 days I will be forced to spam flood you. Have a nice day.

Extortion anyone? (0, Redundant)

jeffs72 (711141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747535)

Screw charging him for spamming IM, how about charging him with extortion?

is spam a USA society problem ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747541)


because it sure looks like it [spamhaus.org], and people wonder why the Americans get such a bad reputation, perhaps spamassasin should use the dollar sign as a "+5 US currency mentioned"

Re:is spam a USA society problem ? (5, Funny)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747778)

Can someone please put the parent on the short list for torture; I'm too busy eating apple pie, bombing brown people, and devolving society right now.

Thanks a bunch.

Re:is spam a USA society problem ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747854)

"I'm too busy eating apple pie, bombing brown people, and devolving society right now."

Kyle: You bastards!

Legislature... (1)

blindirwin (861714) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747548)

I really hope that this doesn't turn into a group of idiotic Senators that try to tax us on using any type of instant messaging.

Luckily.... (3, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747551)

most IM clients let you restrict incoming IMs only to those originating from people in your Friends list. And most people (in my experience) aren't interested in receiving IMs from anybody outside the list (atleast those of us who use IM mainly as an alternative to phone calls to friends/relatives).

IMHO until somebody figures out a way to spoof IM headers to make them look as if they're coming from somebody else, spimming is going to be far less of an annoyance than email spam.

Spim? (1)

LokieLizzy (858962) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747756)

Spimming is about the worst name they could have come up with for the stuff this chap was doing. It doesn't even make sense.
What's next? Sporking?

Re:Spim? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747890)

Spaming IM? shortened to Spim is sorta logical like the old western phase "How do ye?" was shortened to Howdy.

Re:Luckily.... (2, Insightful)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747788)

Most IM clients go through a central server to hide IP addresses, so it doesn't matter. This is why ICQ was bad, people could find your IP address and attack you. AIM, Yahoo, and MSN use central servers to the best of my knowledge, so faking IM headers from anyone but the central server (which I really hope they didn't make the protocal that easy to bypass) wouldn't matter much.

Freedom of Speech (-1, Flamebait)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747555)

I hate getting spam/spim as much as the next guy, but at some point, aren't we letting our zealotry against spam erode the First Amendment? I may not like spam, but I realize that the First Amendment was designed to protect speech I don't like.

The best tests of the First Amendment have come from unsavory characters like the pornographer Larry Flynt. If he can show us the speech value of porn, perhaps MySpace.com can make a case for spim.

I'd rather live in a world with spim than a Brave New World where you can't say anything that might annoy someone.

Re:Freedom of Speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747630)

Sure, but you also need to have Freedom from Speech.

I can spout crazy stalinist rheoteric on a public corner or in a public park, but as soon as I go on to Private property they can toss me out. Instant Messenging me your crap is coming on to my turf, you can have a website about the timecube, that's awesome, but as soon as you start bothering me with instant messages then you're infringing on my personal freedoms.

Re:Freedom of Speech (1)

KyleJacobson (788441) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747634)

It's fine if they want to send you spim IMO, but they should at least limit it. If people don't want to get spim, they shouldn't get it. Like how the phone company lets you have an unlisted number, or you can "opt out" of spam emails...

lol, who am I kidding, we're screwed

Re:Freedom of Speech (2, Informative)

ppenrod (121367) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747669)

"I hate getting spam/spim as much as the next guy, but at some point, aren't we letting our zealotry against spam erode the First Amendment? I may not like spam, but I realize that the First Amendment was designed to protect speech I don't like."

No.

The first amendment says Congress shall make no law abridging the right of free speech. It does not say I am required to listen it or read it.

Re:Freedom of Speech (1)

coulbc (149394) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747842)

Freedom of speech and Freedom of advertising is not the same thing. I certainly think the former should be protected. But the latter? NO. I never buy anything that is unsolicited. It only encourages the weasels.

Re:Freedom of Speech (3, Insightful)

Steve B (42864) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747697)

I hate getting spam/spim as much as the next guy, but at some point, aren't we letting our zealotry against spam erode the First Amendment?

I picture you writing, a la the old Bart Simpson blackboard gag, "IT'S A PROPERTY RIGHTS ISSUE, NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE."

Re:Freedom of Speech (2, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747698)

For the millionth time, spamming is not, and has never been a free-speech issue. It is a property rights issue. Nobody's prevented this clown from saying what he wants to say, they've put him away for using other people's property without their permission.

Clear enough?

-jcr

Re:Freedom of Speech (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747702)

The first amendment gives you the right (in the US) to free speech. It does not give you the right to have an audience.

Re:Freedom of Speech (1)

notrehtad (713600) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747743)

I'm all for the First Amendment, but it doesn't guarantee an audience, nor funds to conduct that "speech" to everyone. The problem with SPAM/SPIM is that it is equivalent to the post office delivering a boatload of junkmail to your mailbox along with a bill for that delivery. These SPAMHOLES are STEALING your assets: bandwith, time, other resource. Entirely different than First Amendment issue, IMHO.

Re:Freedom of Speech (4, Insightful)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747747)

pick a reason:
1. this isn't "speech", it's blackmail
2. this isn't "speech", it's advertising
3. it's not about forcing him to stop, it's about not letting him force us to listen
4. free speech doesn't cover costs e.g. you can't steal other people's paper to print your opinions on

I think *YOU* are eroding the First Amendment by making it sound like anything you say is "speech" and should be covered, which is blatantly false and could lead some people to think the whole thing should be thrown out.

Re:Freedom of Speech (3, Funny)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747758)

"But your honor, the 1st Amendment protects my right to say 'Hey buddy, give me a thousand bucks or I'll burn down your house' to anyone I want."

Re:Freedom of Speech (4, Informative)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747825)

The correct comparison is not to Larry Flynt and this is why teh First Amendement argument doesn't really hold water.

The difference is really simple. Larry and the spammers/spimmers should both have the right to publish whatever they want to. But Larry has no way to, *force* me to view what he publishes. I have to get out of my chair, go to the store and exchange money to get it. OTOH spammers/spimmers both shove it down my throat. Thanks to fine tools like SapmAssassin and a very aggresive .procmailrc I manage to avoid most spam sent my way. I'm guessing it's slightly harder on a phone and of course most people don't know how to use those tools. The correct comparison is a salesdroid knocking on your door and if you don't answer trying to yell his "message" through the closed door. And that is not and should not be protected.

In short the problem is not that the spimmers are saying the things they are saying. It is that they are forcing you to listen. Which is a bad thing.

Hahah ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747587)

What a fucking moron. He's 18, and he has basically ruined his life for the next 18 years if convicted. Not to mention this kid is going to undergo major anal r00ting in prison.

Here's an article with some more information: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/22/spim_arres t/

I hope he serves a long time... (3, Insightful)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747589)

...and get's the shit kicked out of him regularly.

there is no excuse for this at all.

this is intentionally degrading other people's lives for you own greed. it is the (or my) definition of evil.

WTF is Spimming? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747590)

Subject says it all.

Re:WTF is Spimming? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747764)

What is Spim? [linuxelectrons.com]

Some 42% of America's 134 million online adults use instant messaging and almost a third of those instant message users have gotten "spim" - or unsolicited commercial instant messages. That translates into nearly 17 million adults who have gotten the instant-message version of spam.

Semantics of the Charge (1)

sanityspeech (823537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747599)

IANAL, but it appears that the fellow is being busted for extortion. There are merchants who would love to have the technology.

I don't remember the last time that someone took efforts to restrain themselves from hawking their wares, even in the comfort of my own home. If you don't believe me, check the 'Do Not Call' [donotcall.gov] list.

There are no heroes here, just the lesser of two evils.

Work For Spam (3, Interesting)

Rollsbot (859293) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747604)

It's great that they finally nabbed a bad guy for spim (?). But why can't they do anything for all the spam in my inbox.

I haven't even gotten any SpIm but I can't see how it's anywhere near as bad as spam.

1) I don't store my IM's forever (I don't store them at all)
2) I don't accept IM's from strangers
3) IM's are synchronous. So, I won't turn on my computer to find 100 spims waiting for me.

Re:Work For Spam (1)

AddressException (187785) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747843)

1) IM's what?
2) IM's what?
3) IMs are not always synchronous. One can send IMs to users who are offline, and they will show up when the user connects.

Re:Work For Spam (1)

Wild Bill TX (787533) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747868)

1) I don't store my IM's forever (I don't store them at all)
You insensitive clod! I still have my IM logs from way back in 2001!

Tired of Spim (1)

glitch0 (859137) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747607)

I really do hope this becomes a trend, spimming is one of the most annoying things _ever_. Changing screennames every week isn't my cup of tea. I just hope that they start arresting those annoying people that send the "send this to 88 people in the next 4 minutes or a ghost will rip your eyes out and eat your soul!" chain mail.

best part of TFA (2, Funny)

sevenmonkey (594053) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747622)

Greco believed he was flying to Los Angeles to cement that agreement with MySpace President Tom Anderson.

There's just something hilarious about that. Would have loved to see his face when he figured out what they tricked him into. Dumbass...

A little social engineering right back atcha', baby!

Best part: (5, Funny)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747650)

He was arrested upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport last Wednesday....Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if MySpace.com didn't sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service. Greco believed he was flying to Los Angeles to cement that agreement with MySpace President Tom Anderson.

h5<>0r says: U R t0taLLY P0Wn3D unL355 u b0W t0 mY L33+ XK1LL5!
tanderson says: Okay. But you have to show up to sign an agreement.
tanderson says: LOL
h5<>0r says: 5W33+!1!!1 j00 r0X0R!
h5<>0r says: w51+! y u l5ff1Ng @ me?
tanderson says: What?
tanderson says: Sorry, just remembering a Seinfeld episode I saw last night
h5<>0r says: 0
h5<>0r says: y3h t5t s00p n5Z1's funny
h5<>0r says: 50, 1 sh0 uP on m0nd5y, OKBYU?
tanderson says: Yeah, that's great
tanderson says: You want a limo?
h5<>0r says: 0 b0y r1LLY!!?!11?/
h5<>0r says: U b3+!
tanderson says: Sucker
h5<>0r says: wa+?????????
tanderson says: Sorry
tanderson says: My granddaughter's here
tanderson says: I was just offering her some candy
h5<>0r says: 0h y5h candy's good
h5<>0r says: w1ll 1 G3t b3nif3+ts/!??!

Other IM terminology (2, Funny)

teneighty (671401) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747672)

If "spimming" is IM-speak for spamming, then I guess chatting via IM is called "chitting"?

Nothing to see here, move along.... (1)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747707)

Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if MySpace.com didn't sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service.

As much as I hate abuses by cops, feds, my government, and republicans...assholes like this guy really do deserve to be hung from their heels.

Extortion (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747752)

What with all the other "legalized" forms of extortion currently going on, I guess deep down I can't really blame him.

I mean, I'm not saying I approve at all, and she should definitely be arrested, but I just kinda think sometimes that it needs to be open season on corporations.

Re:Extortion (1)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747882)

I agree. Put big "Open Season (Corporations)" signs up around Redmond, and you'd get an army with shotguns at the door to Microsoft... ah, that'd be fun...

sub-spamming (1)

newr00tic (471568) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747755)


So.. If I set up subdomains that read like "eatmytacobell.dom.ain", and "just.do.it", I'll be charged for SPURming?

First Arrest Made in U.S. For Spimming (2, Interesting)

Eradicator2k3 (670371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11747798)

Was this guy dropped as a baby? I mean, how stupid do you have to be to blackmail a company, then agree to meet with "company execs" and NOT suspect that you're about to get arrested.

Did he honestly think he could get away with this? Uhmm, never mind. TFA explains that he did.

Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11747822)

An arrest! Glad to hear it! That should stop them!
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