Wistech.org Has Been "Joe Job"ed

Recently, wistech.org added a catch-all e-mail account. Since that time, hundreds of e-mails have been caught replying to e-mail addresses that wistech.org does not use and has never used. The content of these e-mails is obviously SPAM. Please be assured that these e-mails did not originate from wistech.org.

This abuse our domain name is called a "Joe Job". WATA has been informed that short of abadoning our domain, there is nothing we can do to prevent this. We are just as angry about this abuse as you are. We apologize.

WATA rarely initiates e-mail contact with anyone who does not already know us. WATA maintains only a handful of e-mails -- all of which are listed somewhere on this site. If you have signed up for a feed e-mail, it should come from feedblitz.com. If you receive something from an address not on this site, it is not from us. Deleting the message is the best response.

If you want to find the true source of the SPAM, the following link has information about how to read the headers on the e-mail. Go to SPAMCOP. The source IP address is buried in the header coding.

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Spammer Receives 15-Month Sentence

Spammer Receives 15-Month Sentence
Engineer Stole, Sold AOL Screen Names

By Jonathan Krim
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 18, 2005; Page D05

A former America Online Inc. engineer was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for stealing the company's entire subscriber list, which was used to send hundreds of millions of spam e-mails to AOL members.

Jason Smathers of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., pleaded guilty in February to using another America Online employee's ID to break into the company's database and steal 92 million screen names used by the Dulles Internet company's nearly 30 million subscribers.

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Microsoft Steps Up Pressure To Adopt Spam-Fighting System

Microsoft Steps Up Pressure To Adopt Spam-Fighting System

June 23, 2005

By KOMO Staff & News Services

NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. is stepping up the pressure on e-mail senders to adopt its "Sender ID" spam-fighting technology despite problems that could send up to 10 percent of legitimate messages to junk folders.

By the end of the year, Microsoft's Hotmail and MSN services will get more aggressive at rejecting mail sent through companies or service providers that do not register their domain names with the Sender ID system.

Sender ID seeks to cut down on junk e-mail by making it difficult for spammers to forge e-mail headers and addresses, a common technique for hiding their origins.

The system calls for Internet service providers, companies and other domain name holders to submit lists of their mail servers' unique numeric addresses. On the receiving end, software polls a database to verify that a message was actually processed by one of those servers.

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Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years

Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years

Apr 8, 8:38 PM (ET)

By MATTHEW BARAKAT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A man convicted in the nation's first felony case against illegal spamming was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for bombarding Internet users with millions of junk e-mails.

However, Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas Horne delayed the start of Jeremy Jaynes' prison term while the case is appealed, saying the law is new and raises constitutional questions.

A jury had recommended the nine-year term for the Raleigh, N.C., man.

Jaynes, 30, who was considered among the top 10 spammers in the world at the time of his arrest, used the Internet to peddle pornography and sham products and services such as a "FedEx refund processor," prosecutors said. Thousands of people fell for his e-mails, and prosecutors said Jaynes' operation grossed up to $750,000 per month.

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Spamming

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Spamming

By First Coast News Staff

ATLANTA, GA -- BellSouth announced today that its investigation of a spamming operation has resulted in a guilty plea from Charles Frye, of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Frye pled guilty to a charge which involved sending millions of deceptive "spam" e-mails using BellSouth® Internet Services accounts to Internet customers throughout 2002.

"This ruling is a true triumph for our customers," said Richard Burns, vice president – Internet service operations, BellSouth. "BellSouth will continue to assist and cooperate with law enforcement officials who prosecute Internet offenders. We are committed to protecting our customers, and will work to provide them with the highest quality Internet experience."

In the case, Frye pleaded guilty to an offense against intellectual property–computer fraud, which involved cracking user pass codes and hijacking BellSouth subscriber Internet accounts to send large amounts of spam.

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Woman's Spam Conviction Thrown Out

Woman's Spam Conviction Thrown Out

By Karin Brulliard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 2, 2005; Page E01

A Loudoun County judge yesterday dismissed a North Carolina woman's conviction on felony spamming charges, saying there was insufficient evidence that she flooded tens of thousands of America Online e-mail accounts with unsolicited bulk advertisements. But the judge upheld the conviction of the woman's brother, who had been found guilty of the same crime.

At a hearing requested by defense attorneys, Circuit Judge Thomas D. Horne overturned the conviction of Jessica DeGroot, 28, saying he thought the jury, tasked with sorting through complex technological evidence and navigating a new Virginia anti-spam law, might simply have gotten "lost." Horne said he could not find "any rational basis" to find DeGroot guilty.

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Pfizer and Microsoft Join Forces Against Viagra SPAM

Pfizer, Microsoft sue over illegal Viagra
Sites, spammers selling cheap versions of drug
Updated: 12:05 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2005

NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said Thursday they filed parallel lawsuits against Web site operators and spam advertisers that they say sell illegal cheap versions of Pfizer’s erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

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Law Barring Junk E-Mail Allows a Flood Instead

Law Barring Junk E-Mail Allows a Flood Instead
By TOM ZELLER Jr.

year after a sweeping federal antispam law went into effect, there is more junk e-mail on the Internet than ever, and Levon Gillespie, according to Microsoft, is one reason.

Lawyers for the company seemed well on the way to shutting down Mr. Gillespie last September after he agreed to meet them at a Starbucks in Los Angeles near the University of Southern California. There they served him a court summons and a lawsuit accusing him, his Web site and 50 unnamed customers of violating state and federal law - including the year-old federal Can Spam Act - by flooding Microsoft's internal and customer e-mail networks with illegal spam, among other charges.

But that was the last the company saw of the young entrepreneur.

Mr. Gillespie, who operated a service that gives bulk advertisers off-shore shelter from the antispam crusade, did not show up last month for a court hearing in King County, Wash. The judge issued a default judgment against him in the amount of $1.4 million.

In a telephone interview yesterday from his home in Los Angeles, Mr. Gillespie, 21, said he was unaware of the judgment and that no one from Microsoft or the court had yet followed up. But he insisted that he had done nothing wrong and vowed that lawsuits would not stop him - nor any of the other players in the lucrative spam chain.

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Two men pay an undisclosed amount to Earthlink

Alleged top spammers settle lawsuit
Two men pay an undisclosed amount to Earthlink
The Associated Press
Updated: 1:46 p.m. ET Jan. 25, 2005ATLANTA - Two members of an alleged spamming ring paid Earthlink an undisclosed amount to settle a lawsuit, agreeing also to stop sending unsolicited e-mail, the Internet service provider said.

The two, Damon DeCrescenzo and David Burstyn, were sued last year by Atlanta-based EarthLink, which claimed they were part of a multi-state spamming operation that spewed more than 250 million illegal e-mails.

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Verizon's Geographic Spam Policy Criticized

Verizon's Spam Policy Criticized

By Jonathan Krim
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 19, 2005; Page E01

For many Internet users, the idea that their service provider was particularly aggressive in cracking down on e-mail spam would be welcome news. But some of Verizon's 3 million high-speed Internet customers say the company is bungling the job and hurting their livelihoods.

Since mid-December, users have complained on Internet message boards and to Verizon customer service centers that they are not receiving legitimate inbound e-mail from Europe and Asia. Verizon, they say, has taken the unusual step of blocking nearly all mail from certain geographic areas because some networks in those regions are used by spammers.

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