It’s the ultimate sanction – the death penalty. To a spammer. Oh, it wasn’t handed out by a court of law, in fact in the country in which it occurred, Russia, there is no law against spamming at all.
However, Russian spammer Vardan Kushnir was found dead in his apartment, and there is little question that whoever beat his brains out did it either because Kushnir was known to be the biggest spammer in Russia, or over the other nefarious activities in which he was involved, and for which he spammed.
Nor was it the first time he’d been on the receiving end of his spam-victim’s ire. Kushnir, who ran the Center for American English, the New York English Centre, and the Centre for Spoken English, was known to aim his spam cannon at pretty much every Russian citizen with an email address, hawking his language programs. But for all the languages he may have spoken, apparently “stop” wasn’t in any of them. And he drew a lot of animosity in return.
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Explains one site “Soon the company became universally hated and epitomized the growing problem of spam. Death threats and insults abound, the company continued its shady practices,” adding that a number of “hate sites and forum threats were started where disgruntled Internet users discussed what they would like to do to the ALC, [Kushnir] and employees. Messages such as “When you go to Moscow, please call 238-33-86 and say “f*ck you” on my regard” became common on regional message boards and foreign forums of Russian expatriates.”
The phone numbers for the Centres were posted on the web in order that angry spam recipients could flood the phones, and they were even posted as being the phone numbers for cheap escort services and bargain real estate services, in an effort to inundate Kushnir’s centers with calls. One effort included deluging Kushnir’s email as well.
It wasn’t that Kushnir didn’t get the hint – he did. He just felt that he had a right to send email to whomever he wanted. That’s what email is for, he explained.
Determined though he was, he probably won’t be spamming anyone any more.
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