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Spam Kings by Brian S McWilliams

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Hawke Takes on an Apprentice

After nearly two years of nonstop spamming, Davis Hawke finally started to make some serious money in the summer of 2001. Instead of earning a couple hundred dollars per week, Hawke suddenly measured his cash flow in the thousands as he racked up orders for Power Diet Plus. And it wasn't as if he was working any harder. In fact, Hawke had discovered that business operated most smoothly when he sent out spams only from Friday evening through Sunday evening. System administrators at ISPs tended to take off weekends, so they couldn't respond to complaints about Hawke's spamming until Monday. By then, his messages were already waiting in the in-boxes of hundreds of thousands of people.

The schedule essentially left Hawke with a five-day weekend. While the working stiffs of the world were chained to their desks, he was taking hikes in the woods with his wolf Dreighton, working on his knife-throwing technique, or polishing up his archery skills. Hawke also whiled away his time reading chess books and polishing his playing skills against online opponents through an interactive system called Internet Chess Club.

But as Hawke watched the ever-larger deposits from his credit card processor arrive in his bank account, he got nervous. The money seemed too vulnerable there. One day he withdrew a couple thousand dollars in hundred-dollar bills. Using rubber bands, he tightly wrapped the stack of bills in heavy black plastic sheeting and placed them in a plastic bottle. ...

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