Robert Soloway, one of the most prolific spammers whose activities earned him the nickname Spam King, has been released from prison after a little less than 4 years inside.
He is allowed to go back online, but according to his plea deal, probation officers will monitor his e-mail correspondence and which websites he visits for the next three years.
“If I send out spam e-mails, that’s a violation of my probation. End of story,” he said to Wired. “I’m being very careful. If I send out an e-mail, I’m not even going probably to CC it. I’ll send a unique e-mail to each person.”
After and estimated 10 trillion spam e-mails sent doing his “career”, teaching other people to spam, selling spam packages and using botnets to spread the e-mails – and living the good life during all that time – he now lives in a modest studio apartment in Seattle and works in a print shop.
He says he learned the lesson and now wants to help businesses and consumers avoid spam. “I don’t expect anyone to trust anything I say until they see me making good,” he declared. “I would like to assist in some way by basically revealing what went on inside the cybercrime industry.”