Spam Kings: The Real Story Behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements by Brian S McWilliams | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Spam Kings: The Real Story Behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements

Spam Kings: The Real Story Behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements

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"People are stupid, Davis Wolfgang Hawke thought as he stared at the nearly empty box of Swastika pendants on his desk." So begins Spam Kings, an investigative look into the shady world of email spammers and the people trying to stop them.

This compelling exposé explores the shadowy world of the people responsible for today’s junk-email epidemic

Overview

"People are stupid, Davis Wolfgang Hawke thought as he stared at the nearly empty box of Swastika pendants on his desk." So begins Spam Kings, an investigative look into the shady world of email spammers and the people trying to stop them.

This compelling exposé explores the shadowy world of the people responsible for today’s junk-email epidemic. Investigative journalist Brian McWilliams delivers a fascinating account of the cat-and-mouse game played by spam entrepreneurs in search of easy fortunes and anti-spam activists.

McWilliams chronicles the activities of several spam kings, including Hawke, a notorious Jewish-born neo-Nazi leader. You’ll follow this 20-year-old’s rise in the trade, where he became a major player in the lucrative penis pill market—a business that would make him a millionaire and the target of lawsuits. You’ll also meet cyber-vigilantes, such as Susan Gunn, who have taken up the fight against spammers like Hawke.

Explore the sleazy spammer business practices, the surprising new partnership between spammers and computer hackers, and the rise of a new breed of computer viruses designed to turn the PCs of innocent bystanders into secret spam factories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491913710
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/25/2014
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Brian McWilliams has been reporting on business and technology issues for over twenty years. His articles have appeared in online publications such as Wired.com and Salon.com as well as in magazines including PC World, Computerworld, InformationWeek, CFO, Across the Board, and Inc. McWilliams gained international attention in 2002 when he wrote about the contents of Saddam Hussein's email inbox.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Med cat is here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firtree flattened his ears, "Sorry, I just came to a call of help from Nightstar" he growled, padding out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And that's truly what the book is about, the stories of some notorious spammers and the battles by some well-known anti spammers to try to put a stop to them. Each side appears to use its share of nasty tactics to attempt to 'defeat' the other side. Along the way, the reader is treated to a fascinating and intriguing turn of events. The book starts off with the story of Davis Hawke, ex-'neo Nazi' who then discovers spamming as a way to make money. There's also chapters about other notorious spammers like 'Terri Tickle,' a woman looking for videos of men being tickled, who later turns out to be a man from New York state, or Scott Richter, another well-known spammer who ran afoul of the law. There are also those on the other side, the 'good guys' like Shiksaa, Steve Linford, and Karen Hoffmann (who later 'joined' the 'other side'). This book by investigative journalist Brian McWilliams reveals not only the seamy underside of the spam world and provides an informal 'history' of events by both sides. There are no happy endings in this book, and it proves that the 'spam wars' are a never ending battle. It's going to be interesting to see how this 'battle' eventually turns out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book gives a fascinating glimpse at some of the spammers who are clogging your mailbox. In the general press, there have been occasional interviews with a few public spammers. Like an article in the New York Times in 2003 that described two such spammers in Los Angeles. But for the most part, spammers wisely avoid the limelight. McWilliams delves into the background of several. The book shows good old fashioned investigative journalism. The machinations of the wretched filth are amazing. He also gives us insight into various antispammers that have arisen to combat this miserable scourge. Most notably, of Steve Linford, who runs Spamhaus, which is a global blacklist of the more egregrious spammers. There is no happy ending to this book, unlike a work of fiction. The methods described to fight spam have limited efficacy. Spam is clearly shown to be a chronic problem. An open sore on the rear end of the Internet.