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17 Nov 2005

Timeshare spammer finds himself a new home in jail

Behind bars
Peter Moshou has received a one year jail sentence.

Experts at Sophos have welcomed the news that a man known as the "Timeshare spammer" has been sentenced to one year in jail under the United States CAN-SPAM act.

Peter Moshou, 37, has been sentenced to spend 12 months in a federal prison, and will have to pay $120,000 in fines. The man, from Auburndale, Florida, sent millions of unsolicited spam emails advertising brokerage services for people interested in selling their timeshares.

By forging the "from" address in emails he sent, using deceptive subject lines, failing to provide an unsubscribe option, and other offences, Moshou fell foul of the CAN-SPAM act which has also successfully snared other spammers.

"In their search for a quick buck, spammers don't mind making life more miserable for millions of internet users. We applaud the law enforcement authorities for pursuing this case through to its conclusion," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "The 'timeshare spammer' will have plenty of time to reflect on his crimes now he's behind bars."

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More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.