Friday, January 19, 2007

Fighting Back, Slither, -and- Vanished!

Fighting Back - alleged carjacker gets shot in buttocks
Slither - snakes coming to town in Australia
Vanished! - woman returns after 18 years in Cambodian jungle

On this day in history: January 18, 1997 - Todd Bridges, "Willis" on Diff'rent Strokes, booked in Marina Del Rey on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He repeatedly rammed the weapon, his car, into another vehicle after an argument in a video arcade.

Born on this day in history: January 18, 1943 - Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970) singer. She was best known as a white blues and soul singer.

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Today's Video: Fastest Rock Climber

Spammer Convicted:LOS ANGELES - A man faces a sentence of up to 101 years in federal prison after being the first person in the U.S. convicted under a federal anti-spam law, authorities said.

Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 45, of Azusa, was found guilty Friday of running a "phishing" scheme that tricked people into believing they were giving personal information to a legitimate business. Prosecutors said Goodin then used the information to go on a spending spree.

Goodin is the first person in the nation convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act, the U.S. attorney's office said. The law forbids e-mail marketers from sending false or misleading messages and requires them to provide recipients with a way to opt out of receiving future mailings.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Goodin used several compromised Internet accounts to send e-mails to America Online users. The e-mails appeared to be from the company's billing department and told customers to update their billing information or lose service.

The e-mails referred people to one of several Web pages controlled by Goodin where they could enter their personal information, prosecutors said.

In addition to the anti-spam conviction, Goodin was convicted of 10 other counts, including wire fraud, misuse of the AOL trademark and attempted witness harassment.

Goodin is scheduled to be sentenced June 11.