Risk
7/24/2008
03:04 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

'Spam King' Escapes From Prison

Eddie Davidson remains at large after walking away from the Colorado prison where he was serving time for his role in spam scams.

Less than two months into his 21-month prison sentence, convicted spammer Edward "Eddie" Davidson, 35, decided he'd had enough and, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado, "walked away" from the minimum-security prison in Florence, Colo., where he was being held.

Davidson forced his visiting wife to help him escape, the Rocky Mountain News reported. After returning to his wife's home in Lakewood, Colo., for a change of clothes, he was last seen leaving in her 2006 silver Toyota Sequoia.

Davidson, referred to by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado as "the spam king," was sentenced on April 28 and ordered to pay $714,139 to the IRS as restitution for his role in a penny stock scam. He was ordered to report to prison on May 27.

Between July 5, 2002, and April 15, 2007, Davidson, under the name Power Promoters, provided spamming services to other businesses from his Colorado home. With the assistance of subcontracted spammers, he sent spam on behalf of some 19 companies.

Davidson is reportedly still at large and being sought by the U.S. Marshal Service, the FBI, the IRS, and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force.

Neither the U.S. Marshal's office in Denver nor the Lakewood police returned calls for comment.

A spokesperson at the FBI's Denver field office said she didn't have any further information as to Davidson's whereabouts.

More spammers appear to be going to prison than leaving it however.

Robert Alan Soloway, 29 -- also referred to by federal authorities as a "spam king" -- was sentenced on Tuesday to 47 months in prison for spamming. And on July 15, AOL spammer Adam Vitale, 28, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

That same day, Bruce Parker and Lisa Kimsey, accused by the Federal Trade Commission of sending bogus weight-loss supplement spam through their company, Spear Systems, agreed to settle the charges against them and pay back $29,000 in ill-gotten gains.

In December 2007, another infamous "spam king," Alan Ralsky, was indicted in Michigan, along with 10 others, for spamming.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Five Emerging Security Threats - And What You Can Learn From Them
At Black Hat USA, researchers unveiled some nasty vulnerabilities. Is your organization ready?
Flash Poll
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7445
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

CVE-2015-4948
Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-5660
Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

CVE-2015-6003
Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

CVE-2015-6333
Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Join Dark Reading community editor Marilyn Cohodas and her guest, David Shearer, (ISC)2 Chief Executive Officer, as they discuss issues that keep IT security professionals up at night, including results from the recent 2016 Black Hat Attendee Survey.