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5/31/07-Tyler

Some Not Counting On Junk Mail Decrease After "Spam King" Arrest

"I just checked it a little while ago and I had like eight," says Rachael Marlowe about her junk mail.  "Delete. Delete them all!"

Marlowe is a student and works at UT-Tyler. Her job is primarily done on the computer and she says all the junk mail she gets is,"Very annoying. I mean it's time consuming. If you don't delete it takes up your inbox space, it can give you viruses. It's a hassle."

But with Robert Soloway facing a 35 count indictment the government says the millions of spam e-mails he sent to consumers will virtually come to an end.

"I guarantee you it's going to continue happening," says UT-Tyler professor Dr. Sumit Ghosh.

Dr. Ghosh has a PhD in computer science and says the laws don't have enough teeth.

In fact, Soloway continued spamming using addresses of legitimate business and real people to hide his identity, even after Microsoft won a seven million dollar judgement against him.

Dr. Ghosh says there's a fundamental flaw in the IP design.

"The moment you send an email over the network, someone is trapping that. They're storing it within themselves, then they analyze it and determine which email has been used recently and how many times. Those are the target emails for financial solicitations or junk emails," Dr. Ghosh explains.

Marlowe is not counting on her spam to go away. And will continue to click, point an delete her way to junk mail freedom.

"There will still be spam. I'll learn to live with it," says Marlowe.

Soloway is said to have made more than three quarters of a million dollars from his spam business.

He's being charged with mail, wire and email fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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