'Spam King' Edward Davidson Bolts from Jail, Later Found Dead

<a href="http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/16977886/detail.html">The Denver Channel</a>

Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

July 25, 2008

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"Spam King" Edward Davidson, who escaped from jail barely two months into his 21-month sentence for tax evasion and falsifying e-mail headers, was found dead on Thursday, along with his wife and young daughter, in an apparent murder-suicide.According to the United States Attorney's Office in Colorado, from 2005 to 2006, Davidson, with the help of subcontractors, sent out hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mail worldwide containing false header information and encouraging recipients to invest in penny stocks. For three years prior, his spamming activities involved the promotion of watches, perfume and other items. Davidson's bank deposits from 2003 to 2006 totaled $3.5 million, plus prosecutors said he stashed away $380,000 in a girlfriend's bank account and purchased $418,000 worth from a company that sells gold, platinum, palladium and silver coins.

Davidson operated his company, Power Promoters, out of his home in Bennett, Colo.

Spam costs businesses of all sizes billions of dollars each year in terms of lost productivity as well as operations and help-desk running costs, according to Ferris Research.The Denver Channel

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Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<https://2015.appsecusa.org/c/> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<https://2015.appsecusa.org/c/?page_id=534>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Clad-Java-Building-Secure-Applications/dp/0071835881> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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