Alleged porno spammer faces fives years in clink

I was intrigued to learn that 42-year Kirk Rogers of California could be heading for a five year prison term, after he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the sending of spam containing graphic pornographic images.

Rogers is reported to have pleaded guilty at a federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, to a single count under the US CAN-SPAM Act, and has agreed to forfeit money obtained in the commission of the crimes.

According to IT security firm Sophos, Rogers faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the offence and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5.

As you'd expect with it being Sophos, Graham Cluley, the firm's senior technology consultant (for it is he) has welcomed the news, saying that firm action is required by the authorities to send a strong message to spammers that their activities are unacceptable.

"The US computer crime forces should be congratulated for catching someone else who was contributing to the menace of spam email," he said, obviously warming to the theme.

Hmmm... yes, but five years for sending out spam?

Is this really appropriate when criminals swan around shopping malls in the UK using other people's stolen credit cards and get a caution from the police?

Yes, I watch Crimewatch as well -Ed

There really ought to be a bible of recommended penalties for criminal actions, rather than the lottery that exists on both sides of the Atlantic.

Or am I being too idealistic?

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