The NewsDemon Blog

Spammer gets up to 26 years prison!

By WebMaster April 1st, 2008

Speaking of spam, Robert Soloway, the man authorities had dubbed “the king of spam” is facing a possible 26 year jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion.  Apparently, Soloway raked in more than $300,000 from his spam operations in 2005 and failed to file either a state or federal tax return in his home state of Washington.

Soloway is accused of using a database of 157 Million email addresses to send out spam e-mails using a botnet.  The prosecution is also seeking more than $700,000 in damages.

Anniversary of SPAM!

By WebMaster March 31st, 2008

March 31st is the 15 year anniversary of the first “SPAM” message. The USENET can take credit for being the first online medium to experience the phenomenon so many of us now hate. Supposedly, in 1993, Joel Furr, a USENET administrator coined the term “spam” when he discovered that a piece or experimental software had released dozens of recursive messages onto the popular news.admin.policy newsgroup.

The term was supposedly inspired by this 1970 Monty Python sketch:

Premium Account Reminder

By WebMaster March 9th, 2008

We would like to remind all of our Premium Account subscribers that they are allowed to use two different nntp news servers.

  • – port(s): 119, 443, 8080
  • – port(s): 119, 23, 8000, 1720, and 3128

Our SSL subscribers are allowed to use all of the addresses below (only is ssl enabled currently):

  • – port(s): 119, 443, 8080
  • – port(s): 119, 23, 8000, 1720, and 3128
  • – port(s): 443, 563, and 8080

Newsdemon’s first blog post!

By WebMaster February 21st, 2008

Yeah, we know we are about a decade behind the rest of the world when it comes to generating a blog, but after many requests from customers, we have decided to add a blog.

We will use this blog to discuss happenings at Newsdemon, the world of the usenet, and whatever else seems relevant.