Boca spammer forfeits $1.3M, Ferrari in hack case hitting 60 million

A Boca Raton man has pleaded guilty to hijacking other people’s email accounts to make more than $1 million while hiding the origins of spam pitching everything from legitimate insurers to illegal sellers of narcotics, federal prosecutors said.

Timothy Livingston, 31, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in New Jersey, officials said Thursday. Sentencing is set for Jan. 27. A plea deal refers to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

No, not this kind of spam.

No, not this kind of spam.

Livingston operated A Whole Lot of Nothing LLC, a business that specialized in sending spam emails on behalf of clients, officials said.

Typically, he charged between $5 and $9 for each spam email that resulted in a completed transaction, according to indictment records.

Livingston “admitted that his clients included legitimate businesses, such as insurance companies that wished to send bulk emails for advertising purposes, as well as illegal entities, such as online pharmacies that sold narcotics without prescriptions,” according to prosecutors. The businesses were not identified in an indictment or plea agreement.

Attempts to seek comment through Livingston’s attorneys were not immediately successful.

With help from associates, he hacked into individual email accounts and used corporate mail servers to send out massive amounts of spam without identifying himself as the sender between 2011 and 2015, officials said.

Those hacks targeted email accounts of more than 60 million people, records show. The moves helped evade spam filters, prosecutors said.

In connection with his plea agreement, Livingston consented to forfeit $1.3 million, a 2009 Cadillac Escalade and a 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider.

 

 

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